Spring Break in Downtown Aurora...

  Happy Spring Break! Here is a short list of fun activities to enjoy with your family during Spring Break. Saturday, March 28 – Super SciTech Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 28 – Earth Hour at Culture Stock from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Thursday, April 2 – RiverEdge Park announces Blues on the Fox lineup!) Friday, April 3 – Egg Drop at SciTech Hands On Museum Friday, April 3 – First Fridays in Downtown Aurora Saturday, April 4 – Downtown Saturdays More ideas: Eat lunch at River’s Edge Cafe and stop into the new All Spoked Up bike shop, then cross the street to YM Boutique and venture down to the David L. Pierce Art and History Center. Don’t forget to visit the shops along Stolp Avenue. Enjoy!  ...

Earth Hour in Aurora features EarthNite at Culture Stock...

Mayor Tom Weisner is reaching out to Aurora businesses, organizations, and the community at large to encourage their participation in Earth Hour 2015 this Saturday evening, March 28.   From 8:30 until 9:30 p.m., people around the world are being asked to turn off all non-essential lights to raise awareness of environmental challenges and garner support for sustainable initiatives.   The Mayor has directed lights to be turned off for the hour at select City properties, included non-essential lights at City Hall, the Aurora Transportation Center, and the Water Treatment Plant. The historic Paramount Theatre will participate as well, flipping the switch on the marquee for the hour.   “Aurora is known as a sustainability leader in the Chicago region and by taking part in this global ‘lights off’ event, we will be acknowledging our commitment to personal and operational actions that benefit the planet in the year ahead,” said Mayor Weisner.   In addition, CultureStock Bookstore will celebrate with an event called EarthNite, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., presented by Aurora GreenLights, which includes fun, low-tech activities for the entire family –  environmental storybook readings, a drum circle, kids’ games in English and Spanish, gifts and refreshments all in the semi-darkness of twinkling lights. It is free and open to the public.  Culture Stock Bookstore is located at 43 E. Galena Blvd. in downtown Aurora.   Earth Hour began in Sydney, Australia in 2007 and has since grown into a global movement with hundreds of millions of people from more than 7000 cities and towns and 152 countries across every continent participating. Earth Hour encourages individuals, businesses and governments to show leadership on environmental solutions through their actions, and use the hour to showcase to the world what measures they are taking to...

Les Mis Opens at Paramount Theatre...

Nominated for 12 Tony Awards, taking home eight including Best Score and Best Musical, Les Mis is an enthralling spectacle with brilliant imagery, magnificent orchestrations, stirring lyrics and a story of heroic human commitment that audiences will not soon forget. Les Misérables opened at Paramount Theatre in downtown Aurora on March 18. Based on the novel Les Misérables by French poet and novelist Victor Hugo, Les Misérables is set in early 19th century France, where Jean Valjean, a French peasant, is on a quest for redemption after being jailed for 19 years for having stolen a loaf of bread for his sister’s starving child. Valjean decides to break his parole and start his life anew after a kindly bishop inspires him with a tremendous act of mercy, but he is relentlessly tracked down by a police inspector named Javert. Along the way, Valjean and a slew of characters are swept into the French Revolution, where a group of young idealists make their last stand at a street barricade. Les Misérables, a sung-through musical, is by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer, original French text byAlain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, adapted and originally directed by Trevor Nunn and John Caird, and orchestrations by John Cameron. Performances continue through April 26. Show times are Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Thursday at 7 p.m.; Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $41 to $54. The Paramount Theatre is located at 23 E. Galena Blvd., in the heart of downtown Aurora. For tickets and information, go to ParamountAurora.com, call (630) 896-6666, or visit the Paramount box office Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and two hours prior to evening performances. Les Misérables is rated...

Squirrel Lake Opens April 3 at Riverfront Playhouse...

The Riverfront Playhouse presents the comedy Squirrel Lake by Brian Mitchell on Friday and Saturday evenings April 3 through May 9 at 8pm. What do you get when you take one dysfunctional family of three grown siblings who haven’t seen one another for years; add an accident prone husband, an insane revenge-driven cop, a nun, and a psychic stalker; then mix together in a cabin in Squirrel Lake Wisconsin? Squirrel Lake by Brian Mitchell Directed by Tim Curtis,  Squirrel Lake follows the misadventures of the Olsen family who have gathered at the family’s home for the reading of their recently departed mother’s will. Mistaken identities and confusion run rampant at the Olsen family’s summer home on Squirrel Lake. Squirrel Lake features the talents of Daniel O’Shea as Phillip Olsen, Chris Hall as Patrick Olsen, Fleurette Elia as Sally Olsen King, Bobby Dunn Jr as Bob King, Beth Goncher as Sister Mary Elizabeth Catherine Theresa, Chris Contreras as Detective Lance Hardy and Chrissy DeRensis as Joy.  Vicki White is the Assistant Director and Alex Lentz is the Stage Manager. ASL INTERPRETED PERFORMANCES The Riverfront Playhouse is pleased to announce ASL signed performances of Squirrel Lake on Friday, April 17 and Saturday May 2 at 8  p.m. Tickets are $17.00 for adults and $15.00 for seniors and students. Reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling (630) 897-9496 or by visiting our ticketing partner at www.seatyourself.biz/riverfrontplayhouse Groups of 10 or more should contact us by phone or email to arrange group pricing. For more information, go to the Riverfront website at www.riverfrontplayhouse.com Squirrel Lake is produced by special arrangement with Heuer Publishing LLC of Cedar Rapids,...

April’s First Fridays: Art, Music, Dance & Trolley Rides...

Art. Music. Fun. It’s time for First Fridays! Join your friends and neighbors at a variety of venues in downtown Aurora. On the first Friday of each month from 6 (& earlier) to 11 pm (& later), downtown Aurora is open for art, music, food, shopping, dining, theater and more! This April’s First Fridays in Downtown Aurora welcomes spring with more art openings. The monthly open house of art galleries and businesses in downtown Aurora features 14 venues with art, music, dancing, and more on April 3. Allen and Pepa Architects, 121 W. Benton St., features new works by Jaime Foster from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Paramount Theatre’s Grand Gallery opens from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with the collage work of Laura Lein-Svencner. Also showing is “Les Miserables.” The Künstlerhaus, a gallery and cultural center on the ground floor of the Metropolitan Business College building at 14 W. Downer Pl. Suite 16 is open from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Quilts will be on display in cooperation with a Fox Valley Park District after school program. The El y Ella Show featuring art by academically-acclaimed duo Jose Andreu and Rosanna Andreu will be on display in the front gallery. If These Walls Could Talk, 32 S. Stolp Ave., is open from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. with relaxing beach scenes masterfully crafted with colored pencil by students of Andria Burchett from Beech Tree Studio in Geneva. Simply Destinee, 30 S. Stolp Ave. Suite 309, provides dancing and dance lessons from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Pl., opens from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a celebration of William A. Tanner on the first floor. Also open is the group exhibit “Materiality”...