“Hairspray” Cast is Full of Pluses...

Get set for a high-octane ride with thrilling choreography, rockin’ tunes and explosively colorful costumes – plus some really cool hairdos – when the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd. in downtown Aurora, presents Hairspray – The Broadway Musical, January 20-February 21, 2016. Based on the John Waters hit movie, Hairspray reminds us of the importance of individuality and the acceptance of one another: a wonderful message to share with everyone, including the more than 30,000 who now subscribe to Paramount’s 2015-16 Broadway Musical Series. Director and choreographer Amber Mak makes her Paramount directorial debut with this high-energy song and dance party about a plus-size teen, with plus-size hair, and one big plus-size dream – to dance her way onto Baltimore’s hit TV show, “The Corny Collins Show.” The incomparable E. Faye Butler makes her Paramount debut as well as Motormouth Maybelle. On his blog, Paramount Artistic Director Jim Corti wrote today, “It seems I’ve known this powerhouse, multi-award winning beauty all my life and it’s hard to keep track of Ms. Butler as she never stops working! I will never forget her portrayals of Dinah Washington in Dinah Was at Northlight and in the title role of Court Theatre’s Caroline, or Change.” Butler is just one in an A-list, 30-person cast including Amelia Jo Parish as Tracy Turnblad, Michael Kingston as Edna Turnblad, TJ Crawford as Seaweed J. Stubbs, Devin DeSantis as Corny Collins, Michael Ehlers as Wilbur Turnblad, Landree Fleming as Penny Pingleton, Henry McGinniss as Link Larkin, Samantha Pauly as Amber Von Tussle, Heather Townsend as Velma Von Tussle and Ariana Burks as Little Inez. Adding motion to the ocean are Hairspray ensemble members David Davis,Gilbert Domally, Annie Jo Ermel, Adam Fane, Megan E. Farley, Allyson Graves,Danielle Jackman, Allie Jae, Reneisha Jenkins, Alex John Johnson, George Keating, James Lee, Ericka Mac, Mallory...

10 Things to Do in Downtown Aurora in 2016...

You’ve heard of bucket lists, but have you heard of a downtown bucket list? We’ve got one for you. It’s filled with fun, creative ways to enjoy downtown Aurora in the New Year. 10 Things to Do in Downtown Aurora 1. Explore space. Stop into SciTech Hands On Museum and get a tour of space when you step into their latest exhibit “Space Travels.” 2. Play pinball. Visit The Yetee when it is open to the public during First Fridays in Downtown Aurora and be a pinball wizard at one of a handful of vintage pinball machines. 3. Step back in time. Take the elevator up to the second floor of the David L. Pierce Art & History Center and enjoy relics from yesteryear in Aurora. 4. Sing along. Karaoke at Miss Lee’s Lounge is a fun-time chart topper. 5. Jam out. Enjoy free concerts at Millennium Plaza on Stolp for Wednesdays at the Plaza this summer. 6. Walk through water and art. When the air is steamy, cool down at Isaac 2 or more popularly known as “Swimming Stones” on Benton and Stolp. 7. Ride on the Fox. Stop by Rocktown Adventures and rent a kayak for a few. 8. Go on a scavenger hunt. Can you find all of the sights? Click here for the pictorial hunt. 9. Get up on stage. Audition at The Riverfront Playhouse and get your time in the limelight. 10. Play hooky. Grab your computer and head down to Metropolitan Coworking for a day of productivity and engagement in a great location....

12 Days of Christmas in Downtown Aurora...

Ho ho ho! Whether Santa fills your stockings or you celebrate a different festive holiday, downtown Aurora has you covered on gift-giving. We have dozens of shops with tons of unique and clever gifts sure to brighten up the holiday season. Here is just a small sampling of some of the wonderful things you can pick up in downtown Aurora. 12. Cookies from La France Bakery, 118 E. Galena Blvd. 11. Something shiny from Bella Jewelry, 23 N. Broadway 10. A treasured photo framed by If These Walls Could Talk, 32 S. Stolp Ave. 9. 2016 calendar from the Museum Store at David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Pl. 8. Baking supplies from PME Cake Decorating, 35 N. Broadway 7. A hot toy from Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N. Broadway 6. Stack of books from Culture Stock, 43 E. Galena Blvd. 5. Irreverent tee from Bad Monkey Circus Shop, 24 S. Stolp Ave. 4. Stylish sweater from YM Boutique, 5 W. Downer Pl. 3. Stocking stuffers from the gift shop at SciTech Hands On Museum, 18 W. Benton St. 2. New wheels from All Spoked Up, 14 W. Downer Pl. 1. Tickets from the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd. Happy Holidays! Enjoy downtown! (Didn’t see what you were looking for on our list? We have SO MUCH more in downtown Aurora. We invite you to explore our many shops, boutiques, cafes, salons, restaurants, museums, theaters, and casino to find just what you need.)...

SciTech Heads to Space with New Out-of-This-World Exhibit...

SciTech Hands On Museum is opened two new exhibits made available by the generous donations of the Juvenile Protective Association.  The JPA Space Travels and the SciTech STEAM Lab are now open at SciTech in downtown Aurora. Visit the fun and educational museum that keeps wowing families at 18 W. Benton St. For more information, visit http://scitechmuseum.org/.     SciTech Hands On Museum is located at 18 W. Benton St. in downtown Aurora. Open hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Super SciTech Saturday is the last Saturday of the month and offers free child admission with a paying...