May’s First Fridays: Trains, Comics & More!

First Fridays Kevin Trudo

Trains, comic books and geek art are introduced as hippie relics from a bygone era say goodbye at May’s First Fridays in Downtown Aurora on May 2.


Six venues and one vacant window display are part of the monthly event in downtown Aurora. The art openings are free and open to the public.


The ArtBar at Two Brothers Roundhouse on Broadway from 6 p.m. until midnight features the “Geek Show.” The ArtBar provides a fun, relaxed social environment to view art from newbies and professionals alike. Miles Nielson and the Rusted Hearts perform.


If These Walls Could Talk, 32 S. Stolp Ave., is showcasing comic book art from 7 to 11 p.m. The downtown frame shop joined up with Rotten Apple Comics and invites you to step into the world of the graphic novel. Artists include Erik Perez, Daimon Hampton, Brandon Santiago, Funke Merink, Brad Sun, Leo Zarko, Moe Naser, Anthony Salinas, Kao, Ian Mitchell Wallace, Solange Henson, Alex Fimane and Gaiter.


SciTech Hands on Museum is open for the evening from 6 to 8 p.m. The fun, interactive museum for all ages offers free creation stations that blend art and science throughout the evening. At 7 p.m., an artistic science demonstration will be performed on the main floor.


Aurora Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, 43 W. Galena Blvd., is open from 5 to 8 p.m. with the impressive watercolor trains of local artist and firefighter Mark Robinson.


The Light of the Heart, upstairs at 14 W. Downer Pl., is unveiling their new group room along with a renovated individual therapy room and making art. Also, patrons can sign up to get free tickets to attend the screening of “Inocente” on May 17 at the Copley Theatre in downtown Aurora.


Aurora Historical Society will bid adieu to the fun-loving and protest-filled days of the Vietnam-era exhibit on the first floor of the David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Pl. The farewell celebration will be from 5 to 7 p.m. The Art and History Center will be open from noon to 7 p.m. for First Fridays.


While downtown, peek in the windows of the Silverplate building at the northeast corner of Downer Place and Stolp Avenue. The all-volunteer, grassroots Vacant Window Project recently installed a new installation of God’s eyes made by members of the community, including Washington Middle School’s art club.


Ongoing shows are at both Culture Stock and Chef Amaury at 33 West. Chef Amaury at 33 West, 33 W. New York St., features the work of artist Kerri Ann Branson and Culture Stock, 43 E. Galena Blvd., continues its juried exhibit that showcases earth-friendly works of art; Aurora’s Deaf Chat is held simultaneously at the bookstore.

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

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