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Events @ a Glance: Arts & Entertainment Calendar

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Here’s a look at what’s coming up this season at some of the many arts venues in our region.

The Lovettes trio celebrates the great girl groups and female artists of the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s on Aug. 21 at Metropolis Performing Arts Center.

July

RiverPark Summer Concerts
Through July, Sun. 6 p.m. Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy performances on the terrace of the stone amphitheater along the Fox River. RiverPark, N. River Lane and Peyton St., Geneva, (630) 262-7494, geneva.il.us. (Rain location: Geneva United Methodist Church, 211 Hamilton St.)

Huntley Summer Concerts
Through Aug. 20, Tue. 7-8:30 p.m. Featuring The Blooze Brothers, Speak Out, Seventh Heaven and American English. All concerts except Speak Out at Huntley Town Square, 11704 Coral St.; Speak Out at Deicke Park, 11419 Ill. Rt. 47, Huntley, huntley.il.us.

Summer Breeze Concert Series
July 20, 7 p.m. A community concert in the park. This week’s performer: Semple. Robert O. Atcher Municipal Center Grounds, 101 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg, (847) 490-7015, prairiecenter.org.

WSRep: “All Shook Up”
July 12-20, Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. It’s 1955, and a guitar-playing young man rides into a “square” little town in a “square” little state, and changes everything and everyone he meets. Inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley, such as “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Jailhouse Rock” and “Don’t be Cruel.” Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake, (815) 356-9212, rauecenter.org.

Pirates Over 40
July 16, 7 p.m. The group plays energetic renditions of tropical favorites, including Jimmy Buffett, as well as oldies and classic rock. Wing Park Bandshell, 1010 Wing St., Elgin, (847) 531-7000, cityofelgin.org.

The Making of “Show Boat”
July 16, 7 p.m. A multimedia presentation examines how composer Jerome Kern and librettist Oscar Hammerstein created what is considered the first great American musical based on Edna Ferber’s 1926 novel. Woodstock Opera House, 121 Van Buren St., Woodstock, (815) 338-5300, woodstockoperahouse.com.

Woodstock City Band Concerts
July 17 & 24. Themes are “Hollywood Revisited,” “Let me Rearrange Some Things” and “Fright Night.” Also ice cream social. Woodstock Square, Woodstock, (815) 338-5300, woodstockoperahouse.com.

The Eclectic Art of Jill Funk
July 18, 6-8 p.m. Founder of the Kaleidoscope School of Fine Art, Funk creates work rich with color and fantasy in clay sculpture, mosaic, oils and pencil drawings. Live music and an auction to benefit the school’s scholarship programs. Barrington’s White House, 145 W. Main St., Barrington, (224) 512-4115, barringtonswhitehouse.com.

Summer Sounds on the Green
July 18, 7 p.m. Howard & the White Boys. The Village Green entertains with blues, funk rock, R & B, soul and Motown. Village Green, 5510 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates, (847) 252-5448, hoffmanestates.org.

Movies in the Square
July 18, Aug. 8 & 22, 8 p.m. “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” “The Greatest Showman,” and “Blues Brothers.” Park in the Square, Woodstock, (815) 338-5300, woodstockoperahouse.com.

The Buddy Holly Story
July 18-Aug. 24, Thu.-Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 3 p.m. The story of Buddy Holly’s meteoric rise to fame, with hits such as “Peggy Sue,” “That’ll Be the Day” and “Everyday.” Metropolis Performing Arts Center, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights, (847) 577-2121, metropolisarts.com.

Music on the Square
July 19, first & third Fri. through Aug. Different performers each night. Woodstock Square, Woodstock, (815) 338-5300, woodstockoperahouse.com.

Robbie Fulks
July 19, 8 p.m. Featuring selections from the songwriter’s folk repertoire and his latest album “Wild! Wild! Wild!” Woodstock Opera House, Woodstock, (815) 338-5300, woodstockoperahouse.com.

Jazz Night
July 19, 8 p.m. First & third Fri. monthly. Live jazz performance. Stage Left Café, Woodstock Opera House, Woodstock, (815) 338-5300, woodstockoperahouse.com.

Greg Brown
July 20, 8 p.m. Brown’s rich folk style reflects his roots in small-town Iowa. His songs have been covered by Willie Nelson, Carlos Santa and Joan Baez, among others. With special guest Bo Ramsey. Woodstock Opera House, Woodstock, (815) 338-5300, woodstockoperahouse.com.

Heroes of Woodstock
July 21, 5 p.m. Travel back to the 1960s with Canned Heat and Big Brother and the Holding Company. Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles, (630) 962-7000, arcadalive.com.

RiverPark Concert Series
July 21 & 28, 6 p.m. A variety of musical performances. RiverPark Amphitheater, 151 N. River Lane. Rain Location: Geneva United Methodist Church, 211 Hamilton St., geneva.il.us.

Wheels of Soul
July 21, gates open at 5:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m. A family-friendly concert featuring the 12-member Tedeschi Trucks band, Blackberry Smoke and Shovels & Rope, playing soul, rock, blues and country. Aurora RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway, Aurora, (630) 896-6666, riveredgeaurora.com.

Return2Soul
July 23, 7 p.m. The group returns to perform R&B, jazz and a Motown review. Wing Park Bandshell, 1010 Wing St., Elgin, (847) 531-7000, cityofelgin.org.

Concert in the Park
July 23, 7 p.m. The Elgin Community Concert Band entertains. Randall Oaks Park, 750 Randall Road, West Dundee, wdundee.org.

Righteous Brothers
July 23, 7:30 p.m. Bill Medley and Bucky Heard entertain with “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” and many more hits. Arcada, St. Charles, (630) 587-8400, arcadalive.com.

Young Musicians
July 23, 7:30 p.m. Performance by 30 of the best young musicians from around the world, who participate in Ravinia’s summer program for piano and strings. Metropolis, Arlington Heights, (847) 577-2121, metropolisarts.com.

Woodstock City Band Concerts
July 24. Themes are “Hollywood Revisited,” “Let me Rearrange Some Things” and “Fright Night.” Also ice cream social. Park in the Square, Woodstock, (815) 338-5300, woodstockoperahouse.com.

Klimt & Schiele: Eros and Psyche
July 25, 7 p.m. The exhibition examines the start of the Vienna Secession, an art movement formed in the late 1890s for art, literature and music, in which new ideas travel outside the confines of academic tradition. Woodstock Fine Arts Association, Woodstock Opera House, Woodstock, (815) 338-5300, woodstockoperahouse.com.

Summer Sounds on the Green
July 25, 7 p.m. Billy Croft & the 5-Alarm Band play country music hits from today’s stars and yesterday’s legends. Village Green, Hoffman Estates, (847) 252-5448, hoffmanestates.org.

Movies in the Park
July 25, Aug. 6 & 13, sunset. “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” “Angels in the Outfield” and “Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse.” Festival Park, 132 S. Grove Ave., Elgin, (847) 531-7056, cityofelgin.org.

4th Fridays at The Starline Factory
July 26, 6-9 p.m. This monthly art exhibit is an open-themed, juried fine art show that covers all mediums. The Starline Factory, 306 W. Front St., Harvard, (815) 943-4805, starlinefactory.com.

“Urinetown”
July 26-27 & Aug. 2-3, 7 p.m.; Aug. 4, 3 p.m. When a town that has suffered from drought for 20 years faces a new fee hike for water usage, the poor and downtrodden rise up against the monopoly corporation controlling things. Prairie Center for the Arts, 201 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg, (847) 895-3600, prairiecenter.org.

“The Tempest”
July 27, 7 p.m. From the Stratford Festival, the live theater broadcast of Shakespeare’s drama of loss and reconciliation; a long-deposed ruler uses magical arts to regather the power her enemies took when they marooned her on a remote island. Woodstock Opera House, Woodstock, (815) 338-5300, woodstockoperahouse.com.

Geneva Arts Fair
July 27-28, Showcasing more than 140 artisans from around the country. Third St., downtown Geneva, geneva.il.us.

“A Little Princess”
July 28, 2 p.m. Based on the classic novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, the story of Sara Crewe, a wealthy young girl who must use her inner resources of kindness, imagination and generosity to overcome hardship. Woodstock Dance Academy, Woodstock Opera House, Woodstock, (815) 338-5300, woodstockoperahouse.com.

CJ King as Patsy Cline & Connie Frances
July 28, 3 p.m. Recently voted best vocalist at a celebrity impersonator convention, King sings her tribute to these two stars. Pheasant Run, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles, (630) 584-6342, pheasantrun.com.

MBTL: The Music of ABBA
July 28, 4 p.m. The 12-piece band performs ABBA’s hits, including “Dancing Queen,” “Mamma Mia,” “Waterloo” and “Take a Chance on Me.” Music by the Lake, Ferro Pavilion, George Williams College of Aurora University (GWC), 350 Constance Blvd., Williams Bay, Wis., (262) 245-8501, musicbythelake.com.

Gary Hoey’s Album Release Party
July 28, 5 p.m. Guitarist Hoey entertains with songs from his “Neon Highways Blues” album as well as classic rock covers. Arcada, St. Charles, (630) 587-8400, arcadalive.com.

Earthmother
July 30, 7 p.m. The jam band plays blues, progressive rock and jazz. Wing Park Bandshell, Elgin, (847) 531-7000, cityofelgin.org.

August

Summer Sounds on the Green
Aug. 1, 7 p.m. Arra covers hits from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. Village Green, Hoffman Estates, (847) 252-5448, hoffmanestates.org.

“Noises Off”
Aug. 1-11, see website for times. This farce takes a look at a touring theater troupe’s production of “Nothing On.” The audience goes behind the scenes in this play-within-a-play, to see flubbed lines and missed cues in rehearsal and mounting friction between cast members in the final performance. Stage Coach Players, 126 S. 5th St., DeKalb, (815) 758-1940, stagecoachers.com.

Concert in the Park
Aug. 2, 7-8:30 p.m. Performance by the Saturday June Band; food and beverages available. Grafelman Park, 5th and Main streets, West Dundee, wdundee.org.

Georgia Rae Family Band
Aug. 2, 7-8:30 p.m. An evening of Americana, contemporary folk and jazzy swing by fiddle champ Georgia Rae and singer/ukulele player Kelly Jo and others. Lost Valley Visitor Center, Glacial Park, 6316 Harts Road, Ringwood, (815) 678-4532, mccdistrict.org.

Linda Ronstadt Experience
Aug. 2, 8 p.m. American Idol finalist Tristan McIntosh celebrates the prime of Ronstadt’s career. Arcada, St. Charles, (630) 587-8400, arcadalive.com.

“Freaky Friday”
Aug. 2-Sept. 1, Fri.-Sat 8 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. In this comedy musical, an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies and have just one day to put things right. Raue Center, Crystal Lake, (815) 356-9212, rauecenter.org.

“Carmen” & “Petrushka”
Aug. 3, 7 p.m. A live theater broadcast. Carmen seduces Don José so he will let her out of jail, only to land in a love triangle and Don José won’t go away. “Petrushka” is the story of an unhappy lover who is tired of his role in a puppet theater at the St. Petersburg carnival. Woodstock Opera House, Woodstock, (815) 338-5300, woodstockoperahouse.com.

Black Dog with Too Bad Co.
Aug. 3, 8 p.m. Take a trip down memory lane for a tribute to the rock band Bad Company, with classics such as “Can’t Get Enough,” “Rock & Roll Fantasy” and “Shooting Star.” Pheasant Run, St. Charles, (630) 584-6342, pheasantrun.com.

Magic at the Café
Aug. 3 & Sept. 7, 7 p.m. Spend an evening with master deceptionist Dennis Christie, who entertains with mentalism skills, illusions and close-up magic. Woodstock Opera House, Woodstock, (815) 338-5300, woodstockoperahouse.com.

Midwest Mozart Festival
Aug. 4 & 11, 3 p.m. The fourth season of chamber orchestra performances featuring the music of Mozart. Woodstock Opera House, Woodstock, (815) 338-5300, woodstockoperahouse.com.

An Evening With Bernadette Peters
Aug. 8, 8 p.m. Tony and Golden Globe Award-winning actress Peters entertains. Paramount, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora, (630) 896-6666, paramountaurora.com.

Concert in the Park
Aug. 9, 7-8:30 p.m. Smokin Gunz plays rock & roll and country. Lions Park, 151 Aldis Dr., East Dundee, eastdundee.net.

Chris Isaak
Aug. 9, 8 p.m. Grammy-nominated artist, songwriter and actor Isaak entertains with his Silverstone band. Arcada, St. Charles, (630) 587-8400, arcadalive.com.

“Julie”
Aug. 10, 7 p.m. A live theater broadcast of the play about a wild and newly single Julie, who throws herself a birthday party that has unforeseen consequences. Woodstock Opera House, Woodstock, (815) 338-5300, woodstockoperahouse.com.

Summer Breeze Concert Series
Aug. 10, 7 p.m. A community concert in the park. This week’s performer: Ethan Bell Band. Robert O. Atcher Municipal Center Grounds, Schaumburg, (847) 490-7015, prairiecenter.org.

Women of Woodstock
Aug. 10, 8 p.m. A tribute to Janis Joplin, Grace Slick, Joan Baez and other great female artists of the ’60s. Stage Left Café, Woodstock Opera House, Woodstock, (815) 338-5300, woodstockoperahouse.com.

Silent Film Night
Aug. 13, 7:30 p.m. The evening features two Charlie Chaplin classics, “Shoulder Arms” and “A Dog’s Life.” Arcada, St. Charles, (630) 587-8400, arcadalive.com.

Wine Down Wednesday
Aug. 14, 5-9 p.m. Karma Committee plays pop, dance, R & B, rock and hip hop. The Depot, East Dundee, eastdundee.net.

Gaelic Storm
Aug. 15, 8 p.m. An encore performance of storytelling, instrumentals and passion for Celtic traditions and Irish rock. Woodstock Opera House, Woodstock, (815) 338-5300, woodstockoperahouse.com.

Soundtracks of a Generation
Aug. 16-17, Fri. 5-10 p.m., Sat. 6-10 p.m. A tribute to the Woodstock music festival through a chronological journey of the original festival’s most popular songs, from rock, blues, soul and jazz fusion to Latin and psychedelic rock. Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville, (630) 420-6010, napersettlement.museum.org

Happy Together – 10th Anniversary
Aug. 16, 8 p.m. Step back in time for an evening of music from the ’60s and ’70s, featuring The Turtles, Chuck Negron formerly of Three Dog Night, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, The Buckinghams, The Classics IV and The Cowsills. Paramount Theatre, Aurora (630) 896-6666, paramountaurora.com.

Summer Breeze Concert Series
Aug. 17, 7 p.m. A community concert in the park. This week’s performer: The Flat Cats. Robert O. Atcher Municipal Center Grounds, Schaumburg, (847) 490-7015, prairiecenter.org.

Dave Coulier
Aug. 12, 8 p.m. Best known as Joey from the hit ABC television series “Full House,” which aired for eight seasons, his hilarious stand-up act is full of physical comedy and appropriate for the entire family. Raue Center, Crystal Lake, (815) 356-9212.

The Music of Charlie Chaplin
Aug. 18, 7:30-9 p.m. The silent film star is less known as the composer of nearly all of the music accompanying his films. To honor Chaplin’s 130th birthday, Marta Aznavoorian and Philippe Quint perform Chaplin’s song “Smile” as well as other pieces for piano and violin. Barrington’s White House, Barrington, (224) 512-4115, barringtonwhitehouse.com.

MBTL: Russell Watson & the Chicago Philharmonic
Aug. 19, 7:30 p.m. Traveling across the pond for his Midwest debut, Watson performs Broadway, pop and classical favorites from “Les Misérables,” “Phantom of the Opera” and “Somewhere” from “West Side Story.” Music by the Lake, Ferro Pavilion, GWC, Williams Bay, Wis., (262) 245-8501 musicbythelake.com.

The Bacon Brothers
Aug. 19-20, 7:30 p.m. Musician Michael and actor Kevin play a blend of folk, rock, soul and country. Metropolis, Arlington Heights, (847) 577-2121, metropolisarts.com.

The Lovettes
Aug. 21, 7:30 p.m. The trio celebrates the great girl groups and female artists of the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s, with songs such as “Mr. Sandman” and “These Boots are Made for Walkin’.” Metropolis, Arlington Heights, (847) 577-2121, metropolisarts.com.

4th Fridays at The Starline Factory
Aug. 23, 6-9 p.m. This monthly art exhibit is an open-themed, juried fine art show that covers all mediums. The Starline Factory, Harvard, (815) 943-4805, starlinefactory.com.

Stephanie Block
Aug. 23, 7:30-9 p.m. A Viola Fellow at the New World Symphony, Block has performed with several Chicago-area symphonies and is an award-winning chamber musician. Barrington’s White House, Barrington, (224) 512-4115, barringtonswhitehouse.com.

Dwayne Dopsie
Aug. 23, 8 p.m. Singer-songwriter Dopsie entertains with high-energy zydeco. Woodstock Opera House, Woodstock, (815) 338-5300, woodstockoperahouse.com.

Summer Breeze Concert Series
Aug. 24, 7 p.m. A community concert in the park. This week’s performer: Symphonic Pops Orchestra of Chicago. Robert O. Atcher Municipal Center Grounds, Schaumburg, (847) 490-7015, prairiecenter.org.

Jon Lovitz
Aug. 24, 8 p.m. A former SNL member, this comedian and actor has appeared in numerous films, including “A League of Their Own” and “Big.” Arcada, St. Charles, (630) 587-8400, arcadalive.com.

“Hamlet”
Aug. 25, 2 p.m. Benedict Cumberbatch plays the title role in this live theater broadcast. As a country arms itself for war, Hamlet is forced to avenge his father’s death but is paralyzed by the task ahead. The impossibility of his predicament threatens his sanity and the security of the state. Woodstock Opera House, Woodstock, (815) 338-5300, woodstockoperahouse.com.

Frankie Avalon
Aug. 25, 3 p.m. Celebrating a career that spans three generations, Avalon sings from his substantial catalogue. Arcada, St. Charles, (630) 587-8400, arcadalive.com.

Water Lilies of Monet
Aug. 29, 7 p.m. An in-depth documentary looking at the artist’s paintings from the Orsay, the Musée Marmottan, the Orangerie and Monet’s own house and gardens at Giverny. Woodstock Fine Arts Association, Woodstock Opera House, Woodstock, (815) 338-5300, woodstockoperahouse.com.

Allman Betts Band
Aug. 29, 7:30 p.m. The sons of Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts join forces. Arcada, St. Charles, (630) 587-8400, arcadalive.com.

Faces of the King
Aug. 31, 8 p.m. A tribute to Elvis Presley. Arcada, St. Charles, (630) 587-8400, arcadalive.com.

September

First Friday at the Dole
Sept. 3, 5-9 p.m. An evening with displays in two galleries and the opportunity to purchase original, local work. Lakeside Arts Park at the Dole, 401 Country Club Road, Crystal Lake, (815) 455-8000, lakesideartspark.org.

Silent Film Night
Sept. 10, 7:30 p.m. Buster Keaton stars in “Three Ages.” Arcada, St. Charles, (630) 587-8400, arcadalive.com.

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