First Fridays Sept. 5

Art by Joseph Perez will be on display this Friday at the Aurora Public Art Commission's opening at David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Pl. in downtown Aurora.

Art by Joseph Perez will be on display this Friday at the Aurora Public Art Commission’s opening at David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Pl. in downtown Aurora.

Lil Bub, an adorable cat with bulging eyes, is an internet sensation and she’ll be the center of attention at Yetee Gallery this Friday.


As part of First Fridays in Downtown Aurora, Yetee Gallery will be open to the public along with eight other venues throughout downtown Aurora. The events are free, and art is for sale.


The fun-loving cat Lil Bub inspired works from both local and international talents will be on display in the new Yetee storefront.


“Not only are we having a Lil Bub art show this Friday, we are launching our new shop. We will carry local art and goods and showcase shirt designs from local artists. We are super excited,” said Mike Mancuso, Yetee proprietor.


Catch the  Lil Bub show from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at 110 Cross St. just off of River Street.


Refreshments will be served and Mancuso said the guest of honor might make a special appearance. Proceeds from Lil Bub art go to LIL BUB’s Big Fund for the ASPCA and the Treehouse Humane Society.


The ArtBar is back and it’s hairier than ever. The ArtBar at Two Brothers Roundhouse kicks off its new season with the Hairy Show featuring dozens of local lowbrow artists. Visit the ArtBar from 6 p.m. to midnight. Antony and the Tramps perform.


If These Walls Could Talk, 32 S. Stolp Ave, is open with comic art from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Original, limited edition, and signed graphic novel artwork from a private collector will be on display in conjunction with Other World Comic Con coming this fall to North Island Center. The popular downtown gallery welcomes guests with free drinks, appetizers, and good times.


Local musicians will perform at an open mic hosted by Culture Stock, 43 E. Galena Blvd. from 6 to 8 p.m. Attendees can enjoy acoustic, family-friendly performances.


Aurora Public Art Commission’s Autumn Invitational Exhibit opens at David L. Pierce Art and History, 20 E. Downer Pl. from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Take the elevator up to the third floor to see works by half a dozen artists and music by John Ivan. On the first floor, Aurora Historical Society continues its exhibit “Play Ball, Aurora.”


Paramount Theatre’s Grand Gallery kicks off its gallery season with “A Show Within a Show – Palette Talk Artists and Collage Work of John Erdos.” Located on the second floor, the gallery will be open from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Complimentary appetizers will be provided with a cash bar. The exhibit will hang from through Sept. 30.


SciTech Hands On Museum, 18 W. Benton St. is open from 6 to 8 p.m.with free fun for the whole family. Local works of art along with art stations are set up during the evening.


Green Buddha Life Sustainability Center and Eco-Arts Gallery, 205 W. Galena Blvd., is open from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with the Art of Sun Deep Sun Deep. Artist Sundeepa Kaur, of River Forest, brings her curiosity and her understanding of the elements of nature to her fragile, foliage art.


River’s Edge Cafe, 14 W. Downer Pl., will be open from 6 to 10 p.m. with music on the back deck starting at 7 p.m.
First Fridays in Downtown Aurora invites the community to enjoy art, music, food, theater and more on the first Friday of the month. For more information and for a map of participating venues, visit

First Fridays Downtown Aurora Sept. 5