Friday, January 25, 2013

February events at Culture Stock, Aurora

Visit Culture Stock bookstore at 43 E. Galena Blvd. it's great fun for the whole family.

Saturday, February 2nd
7pm  Balloon Sculpting 101 (all ages - $13) comes with air pump
Monday, February 4th
5pm to 6pm Peace Jam (teens)
6pm to 7pm M.U.S.I.C. Monday (performer: TBD)
Wednesday, February 6th
6pm to 7pm  Aurora Language Table
Thursday, February 7th
10:30am      Story Time 
Saturday, February 9th
6pm-8pm   Henna Tattoos
Monday, February 11th
5pm to 6pm Peace Jam (teens)
6pm to 7pm M.U.S.I.C. Monday (performer: Richard Larsen)
Tuesday, February 12th
8:30am-10am  The Light of the Heart: Art Therapy
Wednesday, February 13th
6pm to 7pm  Aurora Language Table
Thursday, February 14th
10:30am      Story Time
Friday, February 15th
6pm to 9pm     Family Game Night
Saturday, February 16th
Time TBD: Poetry Nite 
Monday, February 18th
5pm to 6pm Peace Jam (teens)
6pm to 7pm M.U.S.I.C. Monday (performer: David Glynn)
Wednesday, February 20th
6pm to 7pm  Aurora Language Table
Thursday, February 21st
10:30am      Story Time
5:30p-7pm   The Light of the Heart: Art Therapy
Friday, February 22nd
7pm to 9pm  Community Drum Circle
Saturday, February 23rd
5pm   Motivational Speaker (Jenn Gibbons) 

Jan. 30: Alan Wolfe at AU

Wed., Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m. Alan Wolfe presents "Are Strong Believers a Threat to American Democracy?" at Aurora University's Crimi Auditorium. 407 S. Calumet Ave.
Alan Wolfe teaches political science at Boston College, where he is the
director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life. A
contributing editor of The New Republic whose work appears frequently
in leading magazines and newspapers, he is the author or editor of more
than 20 books, including “The Future of Liberalism.” Wolfe also chairs
the American Political Science Association Task Force on Religion and
Democracy in the United States.

Feb. 5: Art opening at The Schingoethe Art Gallery

Transition: SAIC@AU opens on Tuesday, Feb. 5 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

February 5-March 26, 2013 
Opening Reception: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 • 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Transition in physical place, concepts, artistic practice or life paths is the subject of the show. With a philosophy that challenges the notion that any field is ever beyond rediscovery, photography and printmedia graduate students from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago respond to this theme in a multidisciplinary fashion.

Graduate Students: Richard Blackwell • Kevin Buzzell • Kate Conlon • Ilan Gutin • Rea Lynn de Guzman • Janna van Hasselt • Annelies Kamen • Lais Pontes • Andrea Przygonski • Aaron Smith • Sanaz Sohrabi • Spencer Stucky • Erin Woodbrey • Hyounsang Yoo

Aurora University
Dunham Hall
1400 Marseillaise Place
Intersection of Randall Road and Marseillaise Place
Aurora, IL

Gallery hours
Monday–Thursday: 8 a.m.–9 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday: 1–4 p.m.
Closed university holidays.

For more information, call 630-844-7843, email or visit

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Feb 1: Art opening at the Paramount's Grand Gallery

The Paramount Theatre is pleased to announce the opening of the North Central College Aspiring Artist Student Exhibit featuring the work of  Lauren Wohlrab in its visual Art Gallery, located on the 2nd floor of the Grand Gallery of the Paramount Theatre. The opening reception Meet & Greet  will take place on Friday, February 1, 2013 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Please join us to support the arts in Aurora, meet the artists and discuss their work.  Cash Bar. The exhibit will hang from February 1, 2013 through March 25,2013.

The Aspiring Artists Student Exhibit from North Central College is a collection that varies in media and genre. Patrons will experience a wide variety of oil and acrylic paintings, drawings, mixed media and photographs.  North Central College encourages student exhibitions as part of their art curriculum, where many classes are taught by practicing artists.  Exhibiting at the Grand Gallery allows students the opportunity to showcase their work in a commercial environment, gaining valuable real-world experience as they prepare for their careers in art. Most work is for sale.

As part of the North Central College Aspiring Artist Student Exhibit, the Paramount Theatre is pleased to feature the work of Lauren Wohlrab. Lauren is currently a Junior at North Central College majoring in Art. Lauren likes to play with varying mediums. Her art is a means of relaying to the world what she sees and imagines from day to day.  Her clean unrestrained drawings capture the viewer,  giving them reason to pause, reflect and lose themselves momentarily in the art.

The Paramount Theatre Art Gallery located on the 2nd floor of the Grand Gallery, opened in the Fall of 2006. The Gallery features the work of both established and aspiring artists. For more information regarding the Art Gallery, or the hanging of a show, please contact:

Jan. 21: MLK tribute at East High

Father Michael Pfleger, pastor of Saint Sabina’s Parish in Chicago, will be the special guest speaker at Aurora’s annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at 6:30 p.m., Jan. 21, in the East Aurora High School auditorium, 500 Tomcat Lane, Aurora.
Pfleger has had a close connection to the King family. At the request of Martin Luther King’s widow, Coretta Scott King, Father Pfleger was the keynote speaker for the national Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. commemorative service in 2003. Then in 2006, at the request of the King family, Pfleger was one of the speakers to eulogize Coretta Scott King.
The theme of the Aurora MLK celebration is “Service above Self: Remember! Celebrate! Act!” All Aurora-area students are being asked in advance to participate in a food drive. High school students also are being asked to participate in a day of service at area nursing homes, food pantries and the public library. In addition to the speakers and performances, the King tribute will recognize students who do community service on that day. Admission is free and there is no reserved seating.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Mondays: M.U.S.I.C. Mondays at Culture Stock

Live, free acoustic music every Monday night at Culture Stock bookstore, 43 E. Galena Blvd. in downtown Aurora.

Feb. 21: Cor Cantiamo at AU

Choir concert with Eric Johnson, conductor, on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Aurora University's Crimi Auditorium.

Feb. 18: Film at AU

"Within Our Gates" silent film with organ performance by Jay Warren at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 18.

Feb. 7: Organ concert at AU

David Schrader performs an organ concert on Thursday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Aurora University's Crimi Auditorium.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Wednesdays: Aurora Language Table

Aurora Language Table starts on Jan. 30 at Culture Stock.

What is Aurora Language Table?

Aurora Language Table (ALT) is a free and informal English/Spanish practice session. For an hour each Wednesday, participants will gather at Culture Stock bookstore at 43 E. Galena in downtown Aurora to speak Spanish for a half hour and then English for a half hour. Depending on the turnout of each event, participants will either be paired with another speaker or join a small group. The goal of ALT is to help each other learn to converse in the other’s native language.

Who can participate?

Participants should be adults (18 or over) and have a basic knowledge of the language they want to learn. Conversation starter cards will be provided to aid participants, but a basic vocabulary will most likely be needed to converse. Language tables are not intended as introductory language classes, but rather as an opportunity for those who are learning a language to practice.

Why participate?

Language is best learned through conversation. Aurora Language Table gives language learners an opportunity to converse with a native speaker in a fun and encouraging environment.

When and Where?

Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m.
Culture Stock Bookstore
43 E. Galena Blvd. just west of Broadway (Route 25), Aurora

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Mondays: Peace Jam at Culture Stock

Peace Jam @ Culture Stock, 43 E. Galena in downtown Aurora
> Meeting on Mondays from 5-6 pm
> Beginning Jan. 7,  2013
> Open to teens -
> Club goals

> - Gain leadership skills
> - Service Learning -  identify ways to improve our community, research alternatives, execute plans to make a difference
> - Gather knowledge of our world through the study of a Nobel Peace Prize  Laureate (winner)
> - Attend regional conference to meet & present our service project to the Laureate in person
> Facebook/culturestock
> More information?
> Contact Sue-z Bruno