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Arts & Theater Calendar: Week of April 17-23, 2013
Age Quake Theatre – Plays for and about those 55 and older performed in the greater Rockford area. Info: 815-398-8090.
Alan and Adrianne St. George Center for the Arts – 800 Chicago Ave., Savanna. Info: 815-244-2035, 815-273-3900, 815-273-7262.
The Art Box Frame Shop – 308 E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb. Info: 815-758-0313.
Artists’ Ensemble – Rockford College Cheek Theatre, 5050 E. State St. Coming April 25-28: Meet Me in St. Louis. Info: 815-394-5004 or www.artistsensemble.org.
ArtSpace West Gallery – 1426 N. Main St. Wed.-Sat., noon-6 p.m. Info: 815-963-1894.
Auburn CAPA High School — 5110 Auburn St. Info: seatyourself.biz/auburncapa or 815-966-3300, ext. 10111.
Beloit Civic Theatre – Beloit Memorial High School, 1225 Fourth St., Beloit, Wis. Info: 608-362-1595.
Beloit Fine Arts Incubator – 520 E. Grand Ave., Beloit, Wis. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Other hours by appointment. Artists Open Studio every Thursday, 6:30-9 p.m. Cost: $5 per evening. Artists of all skill levels, beginner to professional, are welcome to bring a piece of art and supplies. Exhibiting thru April 26: High School Art Show. Info: 608-313-9083. Info: 608-322-4250.
Bliss Beads Studio & Gallery – 161 E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb, Ill. Weekly classes in bead jewelry making, silversmithing and flamework glass. Regular hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Mon.-Sat. Info: 815-517-0164.
Bonzi Productions Theatre Group – Family theater, plays, musicals. Info: 815-394-8987.
Byron Civic Theatre – 850 N. Colfax, Byron. Info: 815-312-3000.
Cholke Photography & Fine Art Gallery – 2211 E. State St. Fri., 7:30-10 p.m.; Sat., 4:30-10 p.m.; Sun., 2-5 p.m. Free. Info: 815-226-9398.
DeKalb Area Women’s Center – 1021 State St., DeKalb. Info: 815-758-1351.
DeKalb Art Gallery – 116 Altgeld Hall, NIU, DeKalb. Info: 815-753-1936.
District Bar & Grill – 205 W. State St., Rockford. Art exhibit from Kortman Gallery includes paintings, prints, mixed media, photography. Art with an urban theme. Info: 815-977-4524.
Ingrid Dohm Studio Gallery – 839 N. Perryville Road. Appointments/Info: 815-519-6492.
The Fireside Theatre – Fort Atkinson, Wis. Season tickets now available. Now playing: Footloose. Tickets/Info: 800-477-9505 or www.firesidetheatre.com.
Found It! Gallery – 107 Monroe St., Genoa. After school arts & crafts from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Tues.-Fri. for kids ages 3-14. Cost: $3 if you sign up at least the day before, $5 drop-in, $10 for all four days. Info: 815-601-2375.
Freeport Art Museum –121 N. Harlem Ave., Freeport. Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., noon-5 p.m. Coming April 12: Aspiring Artists: A Student Exhibition. Info: 815-235-9755.
Freeport Park District – 1122 S. Burchard Ave., Freeport. Info: 815-235-6114.
Freeport/Stephenson County Visitors Center – 4596 U.S. Highway 20, east of Freeport. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Info: 815-233-1357.
Funktional Arts – 412 N. First St. Furniture & sculpture. Info: 815-969-7942.
Galena Artists’ Guild Gallery – 324 Spring St., Galena. Thurs.-Mon., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Info: 815-777-2870.
The Gallery At JustGoods – 201 Seventh St. Deborah Kelly (mixed media) and Sue Hayden (photography). Info: 815-965-8903.
Charlotte Hackin Art Studio & Gallery – 6278 Brynwood Drive, Rockford. Info: 815-639-1318.
Kishwaukee College — Art Gallery, 21193 Malta Road, Malta.
Kortman Gallery – 107 N. Main St. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Exhibiting thru May 18: Abstractions–observed, recorded and found, by Barry Treu. Info: 815-968-0123.
Little City Foundation – 1760 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine. Supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Info: 847-358-5510.
Tom Littrell Design & Art Studio – 317 Market St., Rockford. Info: email@example.com.
Main Street Players of Boone County – Community Building Complex of Boone County, 111 W. First St., Belvidere. Info: 800-741-2963 or mainstreetplayersofboonecounty.com.
Midtown Marketplace – 203 Seventh St. Info: 815-961-1269.
Monroe Arts Center – 1315 11th St., Monroe, Wis. Art exhibit, “The Earth Laughs in Flowers,” paintings by Ingrid Dohm, thru May 3. Wisconsin Regional Arts Competition and Exhibit (WRAP) Thru May 4. Info: www.monroeartscenter.com or 608-325-5700.
NIU Anthropology Museum – NIU, DeKalb. Exhibiting now: “Rarely Seen Southeast Asia” and “Water For… Life” and “Saving Endangered Species.”
NIU Art Museum – Hall Case Galleries, 116 Altgeld Hall, DeKalb. Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., noon-4 p.m. Info: 815-753-1936.
NIU Community School of the Arts – Music Building, Room 132, DeKalb Campus. Various music classes, music ensembles, art classes. Info: 815-753-1450 or www.csa.niu.edu.
NIU School of Theatre & Dance – Stevens Building, DeKalb campus. Info: 815-753-1600.
NIU Arts Camps — Theatre Arts Camp Junior, July 7-12, for thespians in grades 6-8. Three camps scheduled July 14-19: NIU Jazz Camp, for instrumentalists in grades 8-12; Visual Arts Camp, for artists in grades 8-12; Theatre Arts Camp Senior, for thespians in grades 9-12. Info: 815-753-1450.
Northwest Illinois Theater Coalition – Hanover’s Back Street Players, Stockton’s Plum River Playhouse and Orangeville’s Mighty Richland Players. Coming soon: Three for the Price of One. April 12, 13, 14 in Orangeville, 203 W. High St. April 18 & 19 in Hanover, 111 Monroe St. April 20, 21 at Plum River Playhouse, Christ Lutheran Church in Stockton.Tickets for Back Street Players may be purchased in Hanover at 815-244-1014. Tickets for Mighty Richland Players in Orangeville at 815-829-1310 or 608-325-5700. Tickets for Plum River Playhouse at Stockton Banking Center at 815-947-2000. Also: firstname.lastname@example.org.
David C. Olson Photography Studio – 7801 E. State St., inside Clock Tower Resort. Wildlife and nature imagery. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday. Free. Info: 815-873-1777.
Pec Playhouse Theatre – 314 Main St., Pecatonica. Info: 815-239-1210.
Phoenix Traders — 215 Seventh St.” Info: 815-962-4212.
Rock Valley College Educational Resource Center — 3301 N. Mulford Road.
Rock Valley College Studio Theater – 3301 N. Mulford Road. Info: 815-921-2160.
Rockford Art Museum – 711 N. Main St. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m. Exhibiting now: 72nd Young Artist Show: Youth Division, thru May 12. Free for everyone every Tues. Info: 815-968-2787.
Rockford College Art Gallery – Clark Arts Center, 5050 E. State St. 3-6 p.m., Tues.-Fri. Exhibiting now: The Exquisite Menagerie, thru April 26. Info: 815-226-4105.
Rockford College Performing Arts Department – Clark Arts Center, 5050 E. State St. Info: 815-226-4105.
Rockford Dance Company – Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St. Info: 815-815-963-3341 or 815-968-0595.
Timber Lake Playhouse – 8215 Black Oak Road, Mt. Carroll. Info: 815-244-2035 or www.timberlakeplayhouse.org.
317 Studio & Gallery – 317 Market St. Every Friday, see “Artists at Work” from 4-9 p.m.
TownSquare Players, Inc. – Woodstock North High School, Woodstock. Info: 815-338-5300.
Village Gallery – Stewart Square. Artists’ co-op. 45 artists. Open Wed.-Fri., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Info: 815-963-ARTS.
Beth Ann Weis Salon & Spa – 4108 Morsay Drive, Rockford. Hours: Tues. & Fri., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thurs., noon-9 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Sun., Mon., Wed. Info: 815-387-2700.
Without Shoes Modern Dance Company — Rockford College Maddox Theater, 5050 E. State St. Info: 815-381-0084.
Womanspace – Womanspace, 3333 Maria Linden Drive. Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Info: 815-877-0118.
Woodstock Musical Theatre Company – Woodstock Opera House, 121 VanBuren St., Woodstock. Info: 815-338-5300.
Wright Museum of Art – Beloit College, 700 College St., Beloit, Wis. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Tues.-Sun. Info: 608-363-2677 or 608-363-2095.
Order Tickets for “Exhibition” Series — World class art, history and biography. Rockford 16 , IMAX, 8301 E. State St. June 27: “Munch: Munch 150.” Oct. 10: “Vermeer and Music: The Art of Love and Leisure.” Tickets available now at www.FathomEvents.com.
Order Tickets for My Brother Marvin — Coronado Performing Arts Center, 314 N. Main St. Date: April 18, 8 p.m. Tickets: $37.50-$42.50. Info: 815-968-2722 or www.coronadopac.org.
Order Tickets for Uncle Phil’s Diner2: Badger Homecoming 1957 — Hope Free Church, 5656 Elevator Road, Roscoe. Dates: April 19, 20, 21. Interactive dinner theater with a ‘50s theme. Dinner catered by Backyard Grill. Advance reservations required. Tickets $15 each. Call 815-623-6545 Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. -5 p.m. Ask for Dana or Carolyn.
Order Tickets for “Ring of Fire — The Music of Johnny Cash” — Byron Civic Theatre, 850 N. Colfax, Byron. Date: April 19-29. Performances Fri. and Sat. at 7:30 p.m., Sun. matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets: 815-312-3000 or www.bctmagic.com.
Registration for Off-Camera Lighting with Speedlites — Beloit Fine Arts Incubator, 520 E. Grand Ave., Beloit, Wis.Dates: Sat., April 20 and 27, 9 a.m.-noon. Cost: $50. Register at: www.ctqphotography.com/education-offerings.html.
Registration for Creative Dramatics: Stories, Movement, Music & Art — Janesville Performing Arts Center, 408 S. Main St., Janesville. Wis. Date: April 23, 10 a.m.-noon. Adults and children, ages 4 and up. Perfect for home school families and early child care providers and teachers. Cost: $10/adult; $5/child. All materials provided. Space is limited; register early. Info: 608-758-0297 or www.janesvillepac.org.
Mark the Date for Wooden Box Theater in an Evening of Theater, Jewelry Display, Fashion Modeling, Photography, Live Music — The House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb. Date: April 23, begins 5 p.m. Performance of “The Fast and the Furious.” Music of many genres; four separate themed fashion displays set to music. Semi-formal dress code. Admission: $5 at the door; all ages. Info: 815- 901-6422.
Registration for Weekend-long Watercolor Workshop — Conducted by Ingrid Dohm, Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, April 28, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Limited to six participants. Cost: $165; advance of $40 required to hold a place in the workshop. Mail to Ingrid Dohm, 6532 Spring Brook Road #303, Rockford, IL 61114. The remainderof $125 is due on the first day of the workshop. All levels of experience are welcome. If you have painted watercolor, bring what you have. Info: 815-519-6492 or 815-282-3184. Refrigeration and a microwave will be available. Coffee, pastries and soft drinks are provided.
Order Tickets for Felix’s Cabaret: Murder at the Cabaret — New Mendelssohn Hall, 406 N. Main St. Date: May 3, 7-10 p.m. Dinner, cash bar, silent auction, and a murder-mystery drama. Tickets: $75/person or $600 for table of 8. Reserve by April 26 at 815-964-9713 or www.mendelssohnpac.org.
Entrants Needed for Juried “Spititual Art” Show — Beloit Fine Arts Incubator, 520 E. Grand Ave., Beloit, Wis. Dates of show: May 3-29. Artists age 18 and older. Original paintings in oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel or a mixture of the above are acceptable; any religion. Entrants can submit up to four paintings per entry. Deadline: April 1, 2013, 5 p.m. Info: 608-313-9083. Go to beloitfineartsincubator.com to download an entry form.
Order Tickets for Fund-raiser for The Angel Museum & Beloit Fine Arts Incubator — The Angel Museum, 656 Pleasant St., Beloit; Fine Arts Incubator, 520 E. Grand Ave., Beloit; and Beloit Badger Spirits, 2651 Prairie Ave. Date: May 4, 6-9 p.m. Desserts and spiritual art. Tickets: $20/person in advance, $25 at the door. Admission includes entry to both Angel Museum and Beloit Fine Arts Incubator for Juried Spiritual Art Show. Many desserts to sample, cash bar and beer bar also available. Call 608-362-9099, 608-313-9083 or 608-362-3000.
Registration for Photographic Explorations Class — Beloit Fine Arts Incubator, 520 E. Grand Ave., Beloit, Wis. Dates: Begins May 11, 6-week class. Through classrrom discussion, demonstration, and field trips, Chris Quillen will help you improve your photographic skills. Cost: $100. Go to www.ctqphotography.com or call 608-322-4250 by May 8.
Order Tickets for Lifescape Comlable. munity Service’s 20th Senior Follies (“Thanks for the Memories”) — Rockford First Church, Spring Creek & North Mulford roads. Date: May 14, 2 and 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $10 advance, $12 at the door. Info: www.lifescapeservices.org or call 815-963-1609.
Lifescape Senior Follies Ticket Locations Announced — Date of event: May 14. Place: Rockford First Church, Spring Creek and North Mulford Roads. Tickets on sale at all four locations of Northwest Bank, 1100 Ralston Road, Machesney Park; 5305 N. Second St., Loves Park; 3106 N. Rockton Ave. and 125 N. Phelps Ave., Rockford, and Stillman Bank , 8492 E. State St. Tickets available during lobby business hours. Also, 7:30-10:30 a.m. during senior breakfast at Logli locations on Harlem Road in Loves Park and 6410 E. State St., at Lifescape Community Services, 705 Kilburn Ave., Rockford, by phone at 815-963-1609 and online at www.lifescapeservices.org.
Coming April 19-20 — Godspell at Dakota High School, 300 Campus Drive, Dakota, Ill. 7 p.m. Tickets: $6 adults, $4 students. Info: 815-449-2812.
Registration for “Mixed Media Masterpieces” Workshop — Freeport Art Museum, 121 N. Harlem Ave., Freeport. Date: May 4, 1-4 p.m. Cost: $40. Pre-registration required by April 27. Info: 815-235-9755.
Rockford Area Arts Council is now taking applications for ArtsPlace 2013. ArtsPlace will run June 24-Aug 12, Mon.-Thurs. from 12:30-4:30 p.m. in downtown Rockford. Youth work on teams directed by the artist and create original work that is performed and exhibited at the conclusion of the program. Apprentices share in the proceeds from ticket and art sales. Applications are online at www.artsforeveryone.com or at the Rockford Area Arts Council, 713 E. State St. Deadline: April 30. Info: 815-963-6765.
Artists ! Reserve Booth for Art Fair at the Rock — Beloit Fine Arts Incubator at The Rock Bar & Grill outdoor park area. Date: June 8, 11 .m.-8 p.m. Booth sizes, 12 ft. x 12 ft. at $40 per space. No electricity is provided. No tents, but can bring your own. Application at website http://beloitfineartsincubator.com/classesevents.html. Send with your check by May 15 to Beloit Fine Arts Incubator, 520 E. Grand Ave., Beloit, WI 53511. Info: 608-313-9083.
Call for Artists — Show title: “Basta! Enough!” Work accepted in all media dealing with political and social commentary on current local (Rockford and Winnebago County) and national issues such as money out of politics, Equal Rights Amendment, fracking, gun control, etc. Send 2-3 sample images (photo, .jpg or CD) of your current work w/contact info, bio, and a short statement describing the scope of work for the show. 2-3 finished pieces per artist will be accepted. Include SASE for return of materials and a post-dated check for $25 (as hanging fee to cover costs) dated April 5, 2013. Notification and checks cashed by April 15. Checks will be returned uncashed if not accepted for the show. No commission for sales of artwork. Artists are responsible for hanging, labeling, and take-down of their own work. Show will be open to public — all ages.Deadline for submission: April 10, 2013. Submissions may be sent by e-mail or by mail. Send checks (payable to John Lamar) and mailed submissions to Studio 451, c/o John Lamar, 2500 N. Main St, Rockford. IL 61103. Show dates: Fri., April 26, 5-10 p.m. and Sat., April 27, 5-10 p.m.
Wednesday, April 17
Thursday, April 18
Thursday Night Artist Open Studio — Beloit Fine Arts Incubator, 520 E. Grand Ave., Beloit, Wis. 6:30-9 p.m. Cost: $5 per night. Come in and paint, network with others. Bring your own supplies. Free coffee; donations accepted for beer, wine and soda. Info: 608-313-9083.
My Brother Marvin — Coronado Performing Arts Center, 314 N. Main St. 8 p.m. Tickets: $37.50-$42.50. Info: 815-968-2722 or www.coronadopac.org.
Three for the Price of One — Back Street Players of Hanover, 111 Monroe St., Hanover. Dessert theater, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20. Info: 608-325-5600.
Friday, April 19
Artists at Work – Tom Littrell Design and 317 Studio & Gallery, 317 Market St. Every Friday, see “Artists at Work” from 4-8 p.m.
Messy Palette Art Studio — Messy Palette Art Studio, 2127 Broadway. 5 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info: 815-608-8082.
Three for the Price of One — Back Street Players of Hanover, 111 Monroe St., Hanover. Dessert theater, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20. Info: 608-325-5600.
Godspell — Dakota High School, 300 Campus Drive, Dakota, Ill. 7 p.m. Tickets: $6 adults, $4 students. Info: 815-449-2812.
“Ring of Fire — The Music of Johnny Cash” — Byron Civic Theatre, 850 N. Colfax, Byron. 7:30 p.m. With 18 talented musicians performing the legendary “Man in Black’s” songs.Tickets: 815-312-3000 orwww.ctmagic.com
Saturday, April 20
4-H Photography Show — Farm Bureau Auditorium, Ogle County University of Illinois Extension, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nature pictures, people shots, pet poses, still life, fun photos. Prizes will be awarded in each category.
10th Annual “Unforgettable Art: An Affair for Alzheimer’s” — Chicago Rockford International Airport, 2 Airport Circle, Rockford. Doors open at 6 p.m. Feat. 50 artists who will transform canvases to works of art while patrons, sipping cocktails and enjoying hors d’oeuvres, look on. Attendees may bid on the unique pieces at the end of the night. Tickets: $50 advance, $60 at the door. Info: www.unforgettableart.org or call 815-484-1300.
T.S.A.a. Unlimited:”Looking Beyond the Mask” — West Middle School, 1900 N. Rockton Ave. 6 p.m.Showcasing local talent. Cost: $10 each. Info: 779-423-1530.
Three for the Price of One — Plum River Playhouse at Christ Lutheran Church, 600 N. Main St., Stockton. Dessert theater, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20. Info: 608-325-5600.
Godspell — Dakota High School, 300 Campus Drive, Dakota, Ill. 7 p.m. Tickets: $6 adults, $4 students. Info: 815-449-2812
“Ring of Fire — The Music of Johnny Cash” — Byron Civic Theatre, 850 N. Colfax, Byron. 7:30 p.m. With 18 talented musicians performing the legendary “Man in Black’s” songs. Tickets: 815-312-3000 orwww.bctmagic.com
Sunday, April 21
Three for the Price of One — Plum River Playhouse at Christ Lutheran Church, 600 N. Main St., Stockton. Dessert theater, 2 p.m. Tickets: $20. Info: 608-325-5600.
“Ring of Fire — The Music of Johnny Cash” — Byron Civic Theatre, 850 N. Colfax, Byron. 2 p.m. With 18 talented musicians performing the legendary “Man in Black’s” songs. Tickets: 815-312-3000 orwww.bctmagic.com
Monday, April 22
Tuesday, April 23
Creative Dramatics: Stories, Movement, Music & Art — Janesville Performing Arts Center, 408 S. Main St., Janesville. Wis. 10 a.m.-noon. Adults and children, ages 4 and up. Perfect for home school families and early child care providers and teachers. Cost: $10/adult; $5/child. All materials provided. Space is limited; register early. Info: 608-758-0297 or www.janesvillepac.org.
Wooden Box Theater”Fast and Furious Nite” — The House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb. 5 p.m. $5. Hosted by Jade Amber Cosgriff and Nicolette Mori. Guest stars: Stephanie Phelan, Ashley Lucero, Sabrina Gabriele, Katie Braatz, Christina Vazquez, Gabriela Contreras, Megan Rose. Live music by: Smudged Portrait, Mad Toxic, Stephanie Phelan, Thanksfor theFalcon, Jade Cook w/Dan Sherrill, Danielle Pivonka, D-BNick the Microphonemisfit, Paradigm – featuring Joel Heller, Demetra Dokos, David Jonsson w/Dan Sherrill – Electric!, Brother Yellow Mustard, Daerielle Amber (AuraWear) – Electric!, The Sound Barrage – featuring Brian Mikula and Schuyler Gomer, The Order of the Knights McDuff – featuring Brian Mikula, Russ L Linki, Schuyler Gomer, Anthony Shultz and Nick Niekra & Mitch Munns w/Rachael Cozzola. 5 p.m. $5. Info: 815-787-9547.
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