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 – 5643 East State Street. 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.


Wish You Were Here Exhibit – Members of Momentum Art Guild of Northwest Illinois will exhibit unique artwork in the 2nd Floor Contemporary Gallery at the Freeport Art Museum, located at 121 N. Harlem Ave in Freeport. The theme for the exhibit is “Wish You Were Here” and features works inspired by postcards or places the artists have visited. In today’s world of ever-changing technology and social media, the art of postcard and letter writing has largely gone by the wayside. This exhibition salutes the postcard as a throwback to the days when picking out a postcard was part of the excitement of the journey. The event will open with a reception from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, May 26. Artwork will be available for viewing from May 27 through August 11. Exhibit hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM and Saturdays from 12-5 PM. The museum is closed Sunday and Monday. Attendance is free. Pieces of artwork on display will be for sale.
Special participation activities will allow exhibit attendees to participate in the theme-related show. Blank postcards will be provided, enabling exhibit goers to create their own cards featuring a place they have visited. Another activity allows attendees to share a quick story about a special place that stayed in their memory. Both the postcards and stories will be posted in the exhibit room.
The Momentum Art Guild was formed in 2004 and its members work in media that spans realistic and abstract work, ceramics, photography, and fiber art. The Guild holds monthly meetings on the third Monday evening of the month at Parkview, 1234 S. Park Boulevard, Freeport, IL. Information about membership, exhibits, and meeting schedule can be found on its website at For more information on the “Wish You Were Here” event, contact the Freeport Art Museum at (815) 233-9755.

Friday, May 12-Sunday, May 21

The Butler Did it…. Again – The Main Street Players of Boone County present “The Butler Did it… Again”. Performances will be Friday, May 12 & 19 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, May 13 & 20 at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, May 14 & 21 at 2 p.m. Publisher and socialite the indomitable Miss Maple rents a plantation house, complete with menacing alligator, to introduce her latest literary discovery. When the bizarre owner of the house of secrets, Jasper Van Dine, is discovered with a scalpel once belonging to Jack the Ripper in his back, everyone wonders – who done it? It’s up to the flakey detective writers to unravel the puzzle! Tickets Prices are $12 for adults; $10  for seniors; and $5 for students (with ID). Purchase tickets online or at the door. Website: Facebook: Performances at the Community Building Complex of Boone County, 111 W. First Street,  Belvidere.

Monday, May 15
Reader’s Theatre Series – Just Goods Fair Trade Store, 201 7th St., 6:30-7:45 p.m. Actors will showcase a work by Rockford native, and award-winning playwright, Nathan Davis as part of this series honoring the contributions of African American playwrights.








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