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Week of Aug. 27-Sept. 2, 2014

Ongoing Attractions

The Art Box – 308 E. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m..-6 p.m. Info: 815-758-0313.

Artists’ Ensemble Theatre – Rockford University, 5050 E. State St. Coming Sept. 5: The Importance of Being Earnest. Info: 815-394-5004.

ArtSpace West Gallery – 1426 N. Main St. Wed.-Sat., noon-6 p.m. Info: 815-963-1894.

Beloit Fine Arts Incubator – 520 E. Grand Ave., Beloit, Wis. Gallery hours: Mon.,10 a.m.-2 p.m. ; Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sat.,10 a.m.-3 p.m. Exhbiting now: Rock River Valley Woodcarving Show, thru Aug. 30. Info: 608-322-4250.

Byron Civic Theatre – 850 N. Colfax, Byron. Info: 815-312-3000 or

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.

Coronado Performing Arts Center – 314 N. Main St. Tickets: 815-968-5222 or

Ingrid Dohm Studio Gallery – 839 N. Perryville Road. Appointments/Info: 815-519-6492.

Freeport Art Museum – 121 N. Harlem Ave., Freeport. Exhibiting Aug. 22-Nov. 8: Refind. Artists who create works from salvaged materials. Info: 815-235-9755.

The Gallery At JustGoods – 201 Seventh St. August: John Hurley, photography. Info: 815-965-8903.

Charlotte Hackin Art Studio & Gallery – 6278 Brynwood Drive, Rockford. Info: 815-639-1318.

DeKalb Area Women’s Center Galleries – 1021 State St., DeKalb. Fridays, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info: 815-758-1351.

Janesville-UW Rock County Theatre – Kirk Denmark Theatre, University of Wisconsin-Rock County, 2909 Kellogg Ave., Janesville, Wis. . Info: 608-758-6565.

Kortman Gallery – 107 N. Main St. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. “Earth Impressions: Whispers from My Past”. Runs thru Sept. 27. Info: 815-968-0123.

Kouture Canvas – 213 N. Third St., Rockford. Owners provide materials for you to create your own guided painting or DIY type craft. No two paintings alike. Also, free drinks, age-appropriate. Event dates and times on website at under calendar tab.

Monroe Arts Center – 1315 11th St., Monroe, Wis. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Info: 608-325-5700.

NIU Art Museum – Northern Illinois University, Altgeld, 116, DeKalb.

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.

Rock Valley College Starlight Theater – Rock Valley College, 3301 N. Mulford Road.

Rockford Art Museum – 711 N. Main St. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m. Exhibiting now: Rockford Midwestern Biennial thru Sept. 28. Free day every Tuesday. Info: 815-968-2787.

Rockford Dance Company – Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St. Info: 815-815-963-3341 or 815-968-0595.

Rockford University Art Gallery – Clark Arts Center, 5050 E. State St. Info: 815-226-4105.

Scheffler Art & Gallery – Rooney Building, 107 Elm St., Franklin Grove. Hours: Tues., Wed., Thurs., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Info: 815-973-0942.

State of the Art – 218 E. State St. Open Tues.-Sat., noon-6 p.m. and by appointment. “First Friday” events until 8 p.m. Info: 815-979-1944.

317 Studio & Gallery – 317 Market St. Every Friday, see “Artists at Work” from 4-9 p.m.

Timber Lake Playhouse – 8215 Black Oak Road, Mt. Carroll. Info: 815-244-2035.

University of Wisconsin-Rock County – Theodore Robinson Gallery, Wells Cultural Center, 2909 Kellogg Ave., Janesville, Wis.

Visit Beloit – Downtown Beloit, Wis. “Come and Knock on Our Doors” exhibit runs thru Aug. 31. Info:

Womanspace – 3333 Maria Linden Drive. Info: 815-877-0118.

Woodstock Opera House – 121 E. Van Buren St., Woodstock. Info: 815-338-5300.

Woodstock Weavers Guild – Old Courthouse Arts Center, 101 N. Johnson, Woodstock. Gallery hours, Thurs. , Fri. and Sat., 1-5 p.m. Free.

Wright Museum of Art – Beloit College, 700 College St., Beloit, Wis. Coming Aug. 28: Fall Reception featuring four new art exhibits. Free. Info: 608-363-2095.

Registration Needed

Registration for Tango Classes with Jacques and Maria – Mendelssohn Hall, 406 N. Main St. Dates: Sept. 5 and 19, 7-8:30 p.m. All levels and experience levels welcome. Admission: $25 the series or $15 a class per person. Reserve by Sept. 4 at 815-721-0994 or email

Registration for Improv Workshop – Pec Playhouse Theatre, 314 Main St., Pecatonica. Date: Sept. 7, 2-5 p.m. Improvisational workshop for ages 18 and up. Led by Jennifer Thompson. Cost: $20. Reserve your spot at 815-621-4507 or Registration forms also available at

Call for Artists for Greenwich Village Art Fair – Dates: Sat. & Sun., Sept. 13-14. Apply at: Click on: participating shows. Select: Rockford Art Museum, Greenwich Village Art Fair. Info: 815-972-2870.

Order Tickets for “Prayer Still Works” – Rockford Theatre, Woman’s Club, 323 Park Ave. Date: Sept. 13, 1 and 6 p.m. Presented by Grace & Glory Productions. Discount price for 1 p.m. performance; $25 general admission/VIP tickets at $40 for 6 p.m. Ask about group rates. Info: Betty Hanserd at

Wanted: Submissions for Rockford’s New Plays Festival – Rockford Area Arts Council and West Side Show Room seek submissions for their inaugural play festival. Selected plays will be presented as staged readings the week of August 2014 by professional actors and the RAAC’s ArtsPlace apprentices. Two categories: Playwrights High School, ages 14-18 and Playwrights ages 19 and up. Deadline: May 16. Electronic submissions preferred. Send to:

Starved Rock Lodge & Cattails to offer Basket Weaving and Paint & Wine Classes at “The Studio” – Starved Rock Lodge, Starved Rock State Park, Utica. Basket weaving, theorem painting, a series of three acrylics inspired by Monet’s Poppies, and wildflower acrylics. No experience necessary. Classes take place on various dates throughout the spring and summer. Prices: $35-$38, include a glass of wine and snacks. Info: 815-220-7386 or

Call for Artwork for Cancer – Healing Pathways Cancer Resource Center is looking for works of art created by people touched by cancer to be donated for exhibition in Rockford Arts Council’s Fall Art Scene. Dates: Oct. 3-4. Deadline: Sept. 22. Info: Valerie Gibbons, 815-227-4988 or

Order Tickets for “Camelot” – Coronado Performing Arts Center, 314 N. Main St. Date: Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: 815-968-0595, 815-968-2722 or

Thursday, Aug. 28

Fall Reception for 4 new artists – Wright Museum of Art, Beloit College, 700 College St., Beloit, Wis. 4 p.m. PAN: A Graphic Arts Time-Capsule of Europe, 1895-1900; Michiko Itatani; Recent Acquisitions; Yuyanapaq: Para Recordar. Info: 608-363-2095.

Saturday, Aug. 30

Dance & Poetry: “Beginnings” – Riverfront Museum Park, Kresge Hall, 711 N. Main St. 7 p.m.

The Not-So-Late Night Variety Show” – The Castle, 501 Prospect Ave., Beloit, Wis. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 7. Hosted by Greg Gerard. Special guests Susan Aquila, Zack Ward, Cheryl Faye Kloner. Menu features chicken fettuccine alfredo, Spaghetti a la Castle, or Very Veggie spaghetti. Reservations required: 608-362-1583 or

Sunday, Aug. 31

The Ins and Outs of Hollywood: How to Break into Hollywood” Casting Seminar – The Castle, 501 Prospect Ave., Beloit, Wis. L.A. Casting Director Cheryl Kloner will visit The Castle at 11:30 a.m. Admission: $15 for half-hour presentation and half-hour Q&A session. Info: 608-362-1583 or

Have your free listing in the Thursday preceding our Wednesday publication. Listings can be e-mailed to, faxed to 815-964-9825 or called in to 815-964-9767.

From the Aug. 27-Sept. 2, 2014, issue