First Fridays on March 3 features Paramount spring art show, Pop Up Shop...

First Fridays is art, music, dancing, theater, and more! Visit participating venues and explore downtown on the first Friday of the month. Party On! 25 Years of Wayne’s World continues at First Fridays on March 3. Free trolley rides & more! Cover art by Raul Rodea. March 3 venues: Art: Paramount Theatre Art Gallery, 23 E. Galena Blvd. 3 – The Spring Exhibit 7 to 9 p.m. If These Walls Could Talk, 32 S. Stolp Ave. “Cracked & Colorful” Paintings by Cleo Manuel Krueger 7 to 11 p.m. Repertoire Reservoir Studios, 14 W. Downer, upstairs “A Delectable Spectacle” 7 to 10 p.m. The ArtBar, Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway The Postcard Show 6 p.m. to midnight SciTech, 18 W. Benton St. Art & Exhibits 6 to 8 p.m. Music: Ballydoyle, 23 W. New York St. TBA 6 to 8:30 p.m. River’s Edge Cafe, 14 W. Downer Pl. Blues musician Phil McLaughlin 7 to 9 p.m. Leland Legends, 1 S. Stolp Ave. Wayne’s World karaoke 8:30 p.m. to close More: Gillerson’s Grubbery, 33 W New York St Windmill Ginger Brew Samples 6 to 8 p.m. Zen Loft Wellness Center, 6 W. Downer Pl., upstairs $5 Mini classes and belly dance 6 to 9 p.m. Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N. Broadway Pop Up Shop featuring 8 vendors plus Wayne’s World Photo Booth 6 to 9 p.m. Culture Stock, 43 E. Galena Blvd. Respect the Mic Spoken Word 8:30 to 10 p.m. David L. Pierce Art & History Center, 20 E. Downer Pl. First floor: Camp Hammond Second floor: Aurora Story 6 to 9 p.m. View Wayne’s basement at 5 E. Galena Blvd. in the old Waubonsee building on Stolp and Galena. 6 to 9 p.m. On-street trivia & more! Free trolley rides from 6 to...

Schedule of Events for Party On! 25 Years of Wayne’s World...

Party On! 25 Years of Wayne’s World kicks off during First Fridays, a monthly art crawl in downtown Aurora, on Feb. 3 and runs through the 4th of July. Party On! Poster Show If These Walls Could Talk, 32 S. Stolp Ave., Aurora Posters can be viewed through the end of February. Doughnut Taste Off David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Pl., Aurora Friday, April 7 6 p.m. Look-A-Like Contest Luigi’s Pizza, 732 Prairie St., Aurora Thursday, April 13 7 p.m. Kid’s Air Guitar Competition SciTech Hands On Museum Saturday, April 29 1 p.m. Admission for Super SciTech Saturday’s April Fools Your Brain Air Guitar Competition Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway Thursday, May 11 7 p.m. Wayne’s World at Classic Movie Monday Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd, Aurora Monday, May 29 at 7 p.m. $1 Fourth of July Parade Downtown Aurora 10 a.m. Head banging to Bohemian Rhapsody Aurora’s attempt to break the World Record, RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway, Aurora Tuesday, July 4 before fireworks Continuing events Feb. 3 to July 4: Find Wayne & Garth! Search for life-size cutouts of Wayne & Garth throughout downtown Aurora. Take selfies with them and share on social media with hashtag #partyonaurora. Visit the replica Pacer car at Hollywood Casino Aurora, 1 W. New York St., Aurora Wayne’s World photo booth at Aurora Regional Fire Museum during First Fridays. Wayne’s World on-the-street quiz with prizes during First Fridays. Visit Wayne’s replica basement in the former Waubonsee Community College building at the southeast corner of Stolp Avenue and Galena Boulevard. Bring your camera! Feb. 3, March 3, April 7, May 5, June 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. Partner events: Chicago Steel Hockey Game at Fox Valley Ice Arena Saturday, Jan....

“Joe Sent Me” turns former library at One East Benton into 1920s speakeasy for Aurora Historical Society fundraiser...

The Aurora Historical Society spring fundraiser will be an evening in a 1920s speakeasy.  With a hot and cool jazz band, refreshments and a cash bar, visitors will take their stand against the 18th Amendment in the same way as millions of Americans did during Prohibition — only this time no laws will be broken. The event, titled “Joe Sent Me,”  will be Friday, March 10, 2017 from 5:30-9pm in the lower level lounge at One East Benton, formerly the 1904 Aurora Public Library but now the home of Support Techs, a business support firm. The password to be given at the door is “Joe sent me”. Cost is $45 per person, or $40 for historical society members.  Reservations are a must and can be made online at www.aurorahistory.net, by calling 630-906-0650, or by sending a check (payable to the AHS) at PO Box 905, Aurora, IL  60507. More information is available at www.aurorahistory.net or on facebook at...

Inside Downtown: SciTech Hands On Museum...

“Inside Downtown” takes you on a pictorial journey of downtown Aurora. Peek inside buildings, events, organizations, stores, and more. Learn about who and what makes downtown tick. Join us as we discover and learn about places and people in downtown. Take a tour of SciTech Hands On Museum with us.                                                       SciTech is open Tues–Fri: 10AM until 3PM and Saturdays: 10AM until 4PM. Closed Sundays and Mondays. Admission is$8 General Public ages 4-59; $6 Military & Seniors 60+; and free for children ages 3 years and younger. SciTech is located at 18 W. Benton St. in downtown Aurora just east of River Street. It is perfect for all ages and features a designated playroom for young...

Concert at Copley Theatre celebrates Blues music recorded atop Leland Tower...

On Sunday, February 19th at 7 PM at the Copley Theatre in Aurora, top Chicago area musical artists will perform the Leland Bluebird songs that are part of a new take on historic Blues recordings made in Aurora’s Leland Tower in the late 1930’s.  The strong musical cast for Sunday’s performance includes band leader Scott Tipping and core band members Scott Stevenson, Matt Thompson, Chuck Lacy and Rick Sherry.  Artists Robbie Fulks, Nora O’Connor, Mae Koen, Mick Ducker, Mary Lou O’Brien, Dave Nelson and Chicago Farmer will be featured throughout the evening’s performance. Special guest appearances are planned as well.This performance celebrates the record release of the Leland Bluebird Sessions, a unique, double vinyl album and CD that commemorates the 1930’s RCA Bluebird recordings that were made in the Leland Tower’s Sky Club.  The original recordings featured legends Tampa Red, Washboard Sam, Sonny Boy Williamson, Big Joe Williams, Walter Davis, Merline Johnson, Yank Rachell, Monkey Joe, The State Street Swingers, Sweet Peas Spivey, John D. ‘Black Spider’ Twitty and Robert Lee McCoy, among others, in sessions recorded by renowned producer Lester Melrose.  The Leland Bluebird Sessions album was recorded in the spirit of the original recordings and captures the original feel by the cast of artists and analog recording approach. The ‘new’ renditions featured Robbie Fulks, Mae Koen, Mick Ducker, The Steepwater Band, Chicago Farmer, Mary Lou O’Brien, Nora O’Connor, Reverend Cinchy Pickins, Dave Nelson and Scott Tipping. There were many mighty fine musicians that contributed to the Sessions in support of the “lead” artists. The list includes Scott Stevenson, Pete Galanis, Dave Herrero, Matt Thompson, Chuck Lacy, Gary Schepers, Alex Hall, Anna Jacobson, Gerald Dowd, Rick Sherry, John Abbey and Don Stiernberg, whose participation and impact cannot be understated and is appreciated beyond...

Mayor proclaims Feb. 2 “Tia Carrere Day” in Aurora...

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