Arts & Theater Calendar


Ongoing Attractions

The ARC – 1222 E. State St., Beadware Mondays 1-4 p.m.; Open Studio Wednesdays & Thursdays 1-4 p.m.

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. 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. Info: 608-322-4250. For further information please visit or call the gallery at 608-313-9083.

Beloit College – Logan Museum of Anthropology, Shaw Gallery, 700 College St., Beloit, Wis. Tues.-Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Info: 608-363-2828.

Belvidere Performing Arts Center – 1500 E. Ave., Belvidere. Tickets available at or 815-332-2205.

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

Cadillac Palace Theatre – 151 W. Randolph St., Chicago.

The Castle – The Castle Performing Arts Center at 501 Prospect St. is Beloit’s newest home for the arts. For information visit or call 608-346-3114.

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

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

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

Fireside Dinner Theatre – 1131 Janesville Ave., Fort Atkinson, WI. (800) 477-9505

Freeport Art Museum – 121 N. Harlem Ave., Freeport.  Info: 815-235-9755.

Gallery C – 900 Jackson St., Suite 113, Dubuque, Iowa.

The Gallery At JustGoods – 201 Seventh St.  Info: 815-965-8903.

Grace Performing Arts Center – Festival 56 productions are performed at this location, 316 South Main Street, Princeton. 815-879-5656, ext. 11,

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

Horseflower’s Creative Hotspot – Located in the historic SM & SF building (upstairs) at 1019 3rd Ave. in the heart of Midtown. Creative space featuring a gallery, home to the Kandinsky Creative Group, collaborative space, classes, Creative discussions and so much more. If you are looking unique we are it. We are more than a gallery, we’re an experience! Open Thursday-Saturday 12-6 p.m. or by appointment, second Friday of the month until 8 p.m. More information contact Lenny at (815) 501-2375 or email

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.  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.

Main Street Players of Boone County – Community Building Complex, 111 W. First St., Belvidere.

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.

Pec Playhouse Theatre – 314 Main St., Pecatonica fo: 815-239-1210 or

Rockford Art Museum – 711 N. Main St.. For more information visit

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.

Rockford University Performing Arts Department and Maddox & CheekTheatres – 5050 E. State St. For information call 815.226.4100 or visit

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.

Stage Coach Theater – 126 S. 5th St., DeKalb. Tickets and information at or 815-758-1940.

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 and Gallery- 317 Market St. Stop by for Open Studio Thursday and Friday nights from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday afternoon from 12-5 p.m. Or go to our calendar on our website to sign up for  a variety of classes including Loaded Brush Night! Our gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday 12-2 p.m., also open during evening hours, check calendar for times or call. or 815-315-7000

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.

Vino van Gogh – Paint drink & be merry at area restaurants.  We’ll show you how to create a work of art in just a few hours – we make it easy and fun. New events published monthly and sign up for coupons at

Without Shoes Modern Dance Company – Maddox Theatre, Rockford University, 5050 E. State St.

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. Info: 815-399-1630.

Wright Museum of Art – Beloit College, 700 College St., Beloit, Wis. Free. Info: 608-363-2095.


Seasons of the Sugar River-Catching the Light – Monroe Art Center, 1315 11th St. in Monroe, WI, announces another exciting exhibit to be on display through March 24.  The exhibit “Seasons of the Sugar River-Catching the Light: Cultural Edges and Transitional Spaces” showcases the scenic landscapes of the Sugar River Watershed from the headwaters region in western Dane County to the lower basin where the river converges with the Pecatonica River in northern Illinois.  The artwork by over 20 artists using a variety of media will be on display. This exhibition is the result of an open call for artists to enter artwork in the Lower Sugar River Watershed Association’s (LSRWA) fourth annual juried exhibition.

75th Anniversary Exhibit – Rediscover Burpee – Burpee Museum of Natural History, 737 N. Main St. Thru April 16. Tues. – Sun. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adults $10; children 4-12 $9; under-3 free.

A Few Good Men –  VCCT of Rochelle is staging the drama March 24 and 25. The story centers on the trial of two Marines for their roles in the death of a fellow Marine at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The young Navy lawyer expects a plea deal and a cover up, but is pushed by a member of his defense team to defend his clients.  He puts the “military mentality” and the Marine Code of Honor on trial. Show times are 8 p.m. for the Friday and Saturday night performances. Tickets are $12 at the door or $11 on line at  A table of 8 can be ordered for $80 online. Shows are in the Paddock Room at Hickory Grove, 1127 N. Seventh Street in the Comfort Inn complex in Rochelle. A Few Good Men is a drama and contains language and themes that may not be suitable for youngsters.

(usual) Suspects present Songs for a New World – Nordlof Center’s Black Box Theater. March 16-April 8. Thursday, Friday, Saturday 8 p.m. Saturday, April 1: noon and 8 p.m.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, March 10-12

The Last Romance – Artists’ Ensemble Theatre. 8 p.m. Friday. 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday. 2 p.m. Sunday. $30. On an ordinary day in a routine life, Ralph decides to take a different path on his daily walk—one that leads him to the dog park and an unexpected second chance at love. Ralph uses his undeniable charm to woo the elegant, but distant, Carol. She’s cautious; he’s persistent. Ralph’s possessive sister, Rose, is unhappy about the whole thing. Featuring Ensemble members Jan Bacino, Carolyn Cadigan and Gary Wingert. Recommended for middle school and older.

Friday, March 24

Rural on Tap! Comedy Night – 1710 Rural St. 8 p.m. $7 advance, $10 door.

Sunday, March 26

Annie – Coronado Performing Arts Center. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The world’s best-loved musical returns in time-honored form.  Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of ANNIE will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original. Featuring book and score by Tony Award-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, ANNIE includes such unforgettable songs as “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” plus the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.”
Create “Bee Happy” with Vino van Gogh – Lino’s, 5611 E. State St. 5 p.m. $30 with promo code “GR30” at

Saturday, April 1

Art on the Boulevard – Art for sale including pen and ink drawings, paper collages, beaded bracelets, baby items, watercolors, woodblock prints and cards, lamps, woodcrafts, glassware, sculptures and more. Free admission. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at 1526 Harlem Blvd., Rockford, 61103.









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