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

Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in Featured News | Comments Off on First Fridays on March 3 features Paramount spring art show, Pop Up Shop

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 10 p.m. Visit www.auroradowntown.org for more...

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

Posted by on Feb 20, 2017 in Featured News | Comments Off on Schedule of Events for Party On! 25 Years of Wayne’s World

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. 28 Tia Carrere live in person at Hollywood Blvd Cinema Friday, Feb. 3 through Feb. 5 Wayne’s World special anniversary showing at Tinseltown Feb. 7 Kane County Cougars Game Thursday, July 27 Party On! 25 Years of Wayne’s World is brought to you by Aurora Downtown, City of Aurora, Aurora Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, as well as a small group of dedicated residents and business...

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

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“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...

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Inside Downtown: SciTech Hands On Museum

Posted by on Feb 14, 2017 in Featured News | Comments Off on Inside Downtown: SciTech Hands On Museum

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...

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Concert at Copley Theatre celebrates Blues music recorded atop Leland Tower

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in Featured News | Comments Off on Concert at Copley Theatre celebrates Blues music recorded atop Leland Tower

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 what words can adequately express.Scott Tipping produced the recordings while Steve Warrenfeltz, Sky Club Records/Fox Valley Music Foundation, handled the Executive Producer duties. The recording sessions took place at Kingsize Sound Labs in Chicago and were engineered and mixed by John Abbey, with assistance from Scott Tipping. Rex Bohn designed and created the album package. The performance begins at 7 PM at the Copley Theatre, 8 East Galena Boulevard, Aurora, IL 60506. Seating is limited so attendees are encouraged to purchase their tickets immediately.  Tickets are available online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-leland-bluebird-sessions-record-release-show-tickets-31113321783.  Records and CDs will be available for purchase. There is also a cocktail reception prior to the performance in the Copley Theater Atrium, and after show party to take place at the Leland Legends Pub & Grill.  The performance is sponsored by Waterloo Sunset Records/Sky Club Records, the Fox Valley Music Foundation, and the Leland Tower. About the Fox Valley Music Foundation. The Fox Valley Music Foundation is a not-for-profit organization comprised of music lovers, music educators, arts enthusiasts and people who have spent many long hour days and years in this business of music. The Foundation’s reason for being is to preserve, promote and protect the wonderful music of the Fox Valley area of Illinois while providing Music Education to people of all ages and from all walks of life.  You can contact the Foundation by visiting:...

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

Posted by on Feb 8, 2017 in Featured News | Comments Off on Mayor proclaims Feb. 2 “Tia Carrere Day” in Aurora

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

        Click HERE for a full lineup of Wayne’s World events in Aurora, Ill. #partyonaurora

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First Fridays Kicks Off Wayne’s World Celebration in Aurora

Posted by on Jan 30, 2017 in Featured News | Comments Off on First Fridays Kicks Off Wayne’s World Celebration in Aurora

First Fridays Kicks Off Wayne’s World Celebration in Aurora

First Fridays on Feb. 3 kicks off Party On! 25 Years of Wayne’s World, a six-month long celebration of the movie’s anniversary.   First Fridays, a monthly celebration of art, music, and culture invites patrons to dress up as a character from the movie, or to wear a flannel to the evening festivities. More than a dozen venues are open with a variety of offerings.   The following venues are open with Wayne’s World activities:   If These Walls Could Talk, 32 S. Stolp Ave., is hosting a Wayne’s World poster contest from 7 to 11 p.m.   Santori Public Library, 101 S. River St., is open with several Wayne’s World activities including Stan Makita’s Donut Shop, “Take a Shot at Wayne and Garth” (goalie shots in the Atrium), Two Minutes of Excellent Fame: Don a Wayne or Garth wig, hat, glasses, flannel, and video a line from the movie. Flannel Impromptu Art Gallery: “WW’s Fashion Strut & Selfie.” 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.   Leland Legends, 1 S. Stolp Ave., hosts Wayne’s World karaoke from 8:30 p.m. to close.   Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N. Broadway, invites patrons to dress up like Wayne and Garth using their props and photo booth from 6 to 9 p.m.   View Wayne’s basement in the former Waubonsee Community College building on Stolp Avenue and Galena Boulevard. Take selfies and share on social media with hashtag #partyonaurora. 6 to 9 p.m.   Participate in on-street trivia, win raffle prizes, and more.   Free trolley rides from 6 to 10 p.m. Find out more about Party On! events and partnering events and screenings at www.auroradowntown.org.   Art is featured at the following venues on Feb. 3:   Repertoire Reservoir Studios, 14 W. Downer, upstairs Propensity for the Densities 7 to 10 p.m.   The ArtBar, Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway The Desire Show 6 p.m. to midnight   SciTech, 18 W. Benton St. District 129 Advanced Art Show & Lego Corner opening 6 to 8 p.m.   Music is featured at the following on Feb. 3:   River’s Edge Cafe, 14 W. Downer Pl., Ste. 18, welcomes Josue Paiz DJ and art from 5 to 9 p.m.   The following venues are open with a variety of offerings on Feb. 3:   Culture Stock, 43 E. Galena Blvd. Human Library of the Fox Valley 6 to 8:30 p.m. “Respect the Mic” spoken word 8 to 9:30 p.m.   AKA Dance, 14 W. Downer Pl. Valentine and Popcorn Party 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.   Zen Loft Wellness Center, 6 W. Downer Pl., upstairs Mini classes and belly dance 6 to 9 p.m.   Aurora Regional Fire Museum, 53 N. Broadway Pop Up Shop featuring over a handful of local artisans and vendors. 6 to 9 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.   Pick up a free First Fridays passport at any of the venues. Punch your passport and turn in at your last venue for a chance to win a Party On! goody bag. All events are free and art is for sale. Free trolley rides serving parking lots and circling downtown run from 6 to 10...

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Stand Up Comics Wanted!

Posted by on Jan 14, 2017 in Featured News | Comments Off on Stand Up Comics Wanted!

Stand Up Comics Wanted!

Laughs and Drafts is a new comedy open mic in downtown Aurora. Hosted by Kate Perkins, of Aurora, the open mic will feature stand up comics who are looking for a few laughs. The open mic is on the third Tuesday of the month from 7 to 9 p.m. at Gillerson’s Grubbery, 33 W. New York St. in downtown Aurora. It is free and there is no cover. Sign up at 6:45 p.m. for a slot. Visit Laughs and Drafts on Facebook for more information or to be guaranteed a spot.

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Muse Dance Studio opens in downtown Aurora

Posted by on Jan 12, 2017 in Featured News | Comments Off on Muse Dance Studio opens in downtown Aurora

Muse Dance Studio opens in downtown Aurora

  Nicole Mullins saw an opportunity to fill a gap in downtown Aurora. Mullins was excited about the new businesses popping up near the used bookstore that she runs. There is now a dance studio for kids and a place for massages and hula hoop classes. But Mullins wanted to shake her booty. “I saw a need for a dance studio catered to adults,” she said. Mullins quickly signed a lease above YM Boutique at 5 1/2 Downer Pl. She started offering classes in January. While focused on adult dance classes, Muse Dance Studio also offers classes for children interested in hip hop and more. Muse is partnering with Simply Destinee to offer classes at their location on Aurora’s East Side as well. They are currently offering a January sign-up special. Check out Muse Dance Studio on...

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What to do for New Year’s Eve in Downtown Aurora

Posted by on Dec 29, 2016 in News | Comments Off on What to do for New Year’s Eve in Downtown Aurora

What to do for New Year’s Eve in Downtown Aurora

It’s time to kiss 2016 goodbye. Here is what’s going on in downtown to keep you a part of the celebration. Welcome 2017! Ballydoyle Irish Pub & Grill, 28 W. New York St. 7:30 p.m. NYE w/ Dabylon is reggae meet ska meet a great freakin’ band to ring in the New Year! $10 Admission includes Champagne toast and party favors. Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 Broadway 7 p.m. Ring in the New Year at Two Brothers Roundhouse for their New Year’s Eve bash and ring in 2017 with a Two Brothers’ beer in hand. This year’s party starts at 7 p.m. on Dec. 31 with DJ Jayrock spinning favorites from the 70’s through today. With video and vinyl mixing skills- DJ Jayrock keeps you dancing all night long. Tickets are currently on sale for $60.00 plus tax. La Quinta de los Reyes, 36 E. New York St. 8 p.m. Stop by La Quinta along the Fox River in downtown Aurora for a balloon drop, free champagne, party favors, live countdown on the screens, and more. Enjoy live mariachi playing all night in the restaurant. All ages. Upstairs starting at 9 p.m., DJs include: DJ Infinity, DJ Retro, DJ Bobby, and DJ Kaboom. 21 plus only. Dress to impress. SciTech Hands On Museum 10 a.m. Bring the whole family and celebrate New Year’s with the kids at SciTech’s annual Noon Year’s Eve Party. $12 admission (children 3 and under are free) includes snacks, sparking cider, party favors, hands-on activity, dance party and a balloon drop at noon. Science show at 12:30 p.m. Museum is open from 10 a.m until 4 p.m. Hollywood Casino, 1 W. New York St. 5 p.m. If you’re not a night owl, then consider starting your party early with Shout Section performing big band and swing tunes at the casino from 5 to 9 p.m. If you prefer a later shindig, then you can ring in the New Year with Hi Infidelity covering ’80s rock starting at 10...

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