Entertainment opportunities abound in our region! Here are a few of the best our area has to offer.
The 2016 Rockford Midwestern Biennial
Now through Sept. 25, recurring daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Rockford Art Museum presents its 74th Rockford Midwestern Biennial, a juried survey of contemporary art in the Midwest today. Rockford Art Museum, 711 N. Main St., Rockford, (815) 968-2787, rockfordartmuseum.org.
Concerts on the Creek: Groove Hotel
Sept. 3, 7-9 p.m. Enjoy a free, family-friendly concert in a beautiful auditorium. Groove Hotel is an up-tempo funk and soulful jazz ensemble. Pizza from Mamma Mia’s, canned soda, bottled water and popcorn available. Spring Creek United Church of Christ, 4500 Spring Creek Road, Rockford, (815) 877-2576, springcreekucc.org.
Art in the Park
Sept. 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. This exciting event features activities throughout Krape Park: fine art displays, performing arts, demonstrations of various art media and children’s hands-on activities. Experience outdoor cuisine at various food vendors on site. Additionally, explore the fine amenities of Krape Park: an authentic working carousel, a fenced-in duck farm, children’s play areas, canoes and paddle boats, a band shell and more. Krape Park, 1799 South Park Blvd., Freeport, artintheparkfreeport.com.
Tunes on the Terrace: Three Good Men
Sept. 7, 6 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy music along the banks of the Rock River. Food and beverages are available beginning at 5 p.m. Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, 1354 N. 2nd St., Rockford, (815) 987-8858, nicholasconservatory.com/tunes-on-the-terrace.
AE: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Sept. 9-25. Adult siblings bicker over their costumes for an upcoming party while their (possibly psychic) housekeeper prophesies doom in this hilarious Tony winner for best play. Presented by Artists’ Ensemble. Cheek Theatre, Rockford College, 5050 E. State St., Rockford, (815) 394-5004, artistsensemble.org.
Escanaba in da Moonlight (Comedy)
Sept. 9-10 &16-18, Fri. & Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. When the Soady clan reunites for the opening day of deer season at the family’s Upper Peninsula camp, 35-year-old Reuben Soady brings with him the infamous reputation of being the oldest Soady in history of the Soadys never to bag a buck. This tale of humor, horror and heart follows Reuben as he goes to any and all lengths to get into the family record book. Winneshiek Players Theatre, 28 W. Clark St., Freeport, (815) 232-7023, winneshiekplayers.org.
Country Edge Concert
Sept. 9, 6-10 p.m. Rising Nashville star and nationally touring artist Jared Ashley headlines the inaugural Country Edge with local favorite Zac Matthews Band opening the night. Food and beverages available for purchase. Downtown Edgerton, North Henry St., Edgerton, Wis., (608) 561-7566, chilimania.com.
Music on the Mall: Blue Lightning Band
Sept. 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Experience live music at its best. Food and drinks from Mary’s Market available. Mary’s Market Café and Bakery, 1639 N. Alpine Road, Rockford, (815) 394-0765, edgebrookshops.com.
Sept. 9-11, Fri. 5 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Draw a chalk mural for fun or register to participate in the chalk art competition, which includes chalk art pastels, a sponge and gloves. A chalk art class from master chalk artist Lee Jones takes place Friday night. Firehouse Park, North Main Street, Janesville, (608) 757-3171, janesvillecvb.com.
Concerts on the Creek: Arch Smith & John Lindhorst
Sept. 10, 7-9 p.m. Enjoy a free, family-friendly concert in a beautiful auditorium. Pizza from Mamma Mia’s, canned soda, bottled water and popcorn available. Spring Creek United Church of Christ, Rockford, (815) 877-2576, springcreekucc.org.
Autumn Art Tour
Sept. 10 & 11, Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Artists and fine craftsmen in Woodstock and the surrounding countryside open their studios to display and sell their work. Material Things Artisan Market, 103 E. Van Buren St., Woodstock, Ill., wpbw.org.
Dorothy Paige-Turner and Joel Ross
Sept. 11, 3 p.m. Celebrate the wealth of talented music professionals in our area with an intimate concert and light refreshments. Emerson House, 420 N. Main St., Rockford, mendelssohnpac.org.
Grand Detour Arts Festival
Sept. 11, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The historic Village of Grand Detour hosts one of the oldest art festivals in Illinois. The artwork is enhanced by the beautiful grounds, picturesque gardens and music throughout the day. John Deere Historic Site, 8334 S. Clinton St., Grand Detour, Illinois, (815) 652-4551, thenextpictureshow.com.
Tunes on the Terrace: Reed & Waddy
Sept. 14, 6 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy music along the banks of the Rock River. Food and beverages available beginning at 5 p.m. Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, Rockford, (815) 987-8858, nicholasconservatory.com/tunes-on-the-terrace.
Steve Miller Band
Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m., doors 6:30 p.m. Formed by singer and vocalist Steve Miller amid the psychedelic scene of late 1960s San Francisco, the Steve Miller Band’s early albums were decidedly trippy affairs. Big Head Todd and the Monsters open the show. BMO Harris Bank Center, 300 Elm St., Rockford, (815) 968-0595, coronadopac.org.
“My Fair Lady”
Sept. 16-18 & 22-25. Henry Higgins, a professor of phonetics, encounters Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl, one cold March night at the Covent Garden Market. He declares to his friend, Colonel Pickering, that in three months he can transform Eliza into a duchess. Over the course of several months, Eliza is put through a grueling course of phonetics and elocution lessons by Higgins for a big reveal at the Embassy Ball. Janesville Performing Arts Center, 408 S. Main St., Janesville, (608) 758-0297, janesvillepac.org.
Music on the Mall: Swingbilly Rockford
Sept. 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Experience live music at its best. Food and drinks from Mary’s Market. Mary’s Market Café and Bakery, Rockford, (815) 394-0765, edgebrookshops.com.
The Piano Guys
Sept. 16, 8 p.m. Hailing from Utah, The Piano Guys are four dads who became an Internet sensation by way of their immensely successful series of strikingly original self-made music videos. Experience the Guys’ highly original blend of classical music with pop that has been the cause of an Internet phenomenon and has led to more than 500 million YouTube views. Coronado Performing Arts Center (CPAC), Rockford, (815) 968-0595, coronadopac.org.
Sept. 16-Oct. 2, Fri. & Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. On the eve of her 25th birthday, Catherine, a troubled young woman, has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician. Now, following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions; the arrival or her estranged sister, Claire; and the attentions of Hal, a former student of her father who hopes to find valuable work in the 103 notebooks that her father left behind. Pec Playhouse Theatre, 314 Main St., Pecatonica, Ill., (815) 239-1210, pecplayhouse.org.
Collaborative Piano Master Class
Sept. 17, 1:30 p.m. Pianist Mary Tarraff performs for and interacts with students in this private outreach event. Emerson House, Rockford, mendelssohnpac.org.
Concerts on the Creek: The Pickin’ Bubs
Sept. 17, 7-9 p.m. Enjoy a free, family-friendly concert in a beautiful auditorium. The Pickin’ Bubs is a trio from Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music. Pizza from Mamma Mia’s, canned soda, bottled water and popcorn are available. Spring Creek United Church of Christ, 4500 Spring Creek Road, Rockford, (815) 877-2576, springcreekucc.org.
Classic Movie Night Under the Stars
Sept. 17, 7 p.m. Situated on 21 acres overlooking the Mississippi River Valley in Galena, the Luxury Goldmoor Inn welcomes guests and visitors for a classic double feature of “Metropolis” and “North by Northwest.” Arrive early for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Goldmoor Inn, 9001 W. Sand Hill Road, Galena, (815) 777-3925, goldmoor.com.
Greenwich Village Art Fair
Sept. 17-18, Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Held rain or shine, this annual two-day outdoor event features original artwork from up to 155 juried artists from across the nation, along with live music by local musicians, regional vendors, children’s art activities, plus food, drink and more. Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, (815) 968-2787, facebook.com/greenwichvillageartfair.
Movies on Main: “The Hateful Eight”
Sept. 18, 6 p.m. In the dead of a Wyoming winter, a bounty hunter and his prisoner find shelter in a cabin currently inhabited by a collection of nefarious characters. The Nordlof Center, 118 N. Main St., Rockford, (815) 987-6660, rockfordpubliclibrary.org.
Related by Keyboard
Sept. 19, 5:30 p.m. Celebrate the wealth of talented music professionals in our area with an intimate concert and light refreshments. Emerson House, Rockford, mendelssohnpac.org.
World Music Festival
Sept. 21, 3-4:30 p.m. and 6-7:30 p.m. Experience the diversity of world music as you never have before. Musicians from around the world, including Senegal, Lithuania, North Africa, Patagonia and Columbia. Young Auditorium, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, 930 W. Main St., Whitewater, Wis., (262) 472-2222, uww.edu/youngauditorium.
Theodore Robinson Plein Air Competition
Sept. 23-Oct. 1, 1-4 p.m. Artists paint outdoors (en plein air) and submit their works of art for prizes and auction. The contest in named for Evansville native Theodore Robinson, an artist who was a well-regarded contemporary of Monet’s. Eager Free Public Library, 39 W. Main St., Evansville, Wis., (608) 882-0598, ecp-wi.org.
The Other Guys Concert Fundraiser
Sept. 24, 7 p.m. Enjoy a sweet evening of a capella music featuring The Other Guys, as well as a dessert buffet and cash bar. The Other Guys are the University of Illinois’ premiere men’s a cappella group, known for their impeccable musicality and unique brand of humor. Mendelssohn Hall, 420 N. Main St., Rockford, mendelssohnpac.org.
Young Choreographer’s Concert
Sept. 30 & Oct 1. The dancers with Rockford Dance Company perform works they choreographed themselves. Kresge Hall, Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St. No. 7, Rockford, (815) 963-3341, rockforddancecompany.com.
Fall Craft & Vendor Show
Oct. 1, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The Salvation Army Rockford Temple is hosting a fall craft and vendor show with more than 25 crafters and vendors, along with food and a silent auction. All proceeds go toward The Salvation Army World Services, which provides assistance around the world to needy communities. The Salvation Army Rockford Temple, 500 S. Rockford Ave., Rockford, (815) 209-8715.
WJJO Sonic Boom
Oct. 1-2, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Get ready to rock. WJJO presents this two-day outdoor metal concert rain or shine. Bands include Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed, Korn, Breaking Benjamin, 3 Doors Down, Chevelle, Pierce the Veil, The Pretty Reckless and many more. Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport, 4004 S. Oakhill Ave., Janesville, (608) 757-3171, wjjo.com/sonicboom.
Ken Lonnquist with Dave Adler Children’s Concert
Oct. 1 & Nov. 5, 11 a.m.-noon. Ken Lonnquist, along with pianist Dave Adler, perform “kids’ music you’ll love.” Lonnquist has composed 15 musicals for the Children’s Theater of Madison. All recieved full-scale musical productions. Monroe Arts Center, 1315 11th St., Monroe, (608) 325-5700, monroeartscenter.com.
I Love Gospel Music Convention
Oct. 1, doors 6 p.m., pre-show 6:30 p.m., award show 7 p.m. The Gospel Music Convention features Vickie Winans, Dorinada Clark Cole, Tasha Page Lockhard and Joshua Rogers. Tebala Event Center, 7910 Newburg Road, Rockford, (815) 320-9005.
Beethoven Classical Concert
Oct. 1, 7:30-9:30 p.m. This all-Beethoven program features Pianist Awadagin Pratt, acclaimed for his musical insights and intensely involving performances, brings his talent to the Rockford Symphony Orchestra with the performance of Piano Concerto No. 3. CPAC, Rockford, (815) 965-0049, rockfordsymphony.com.
Cider n’ Cinnamon Arts & Crafts Fair
Oct. 1-2, Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cider n’ Cinnamon has been a Rockford art and craft tradition for more than 40 years. Vendors display a variety of art, jewelry, crafts, clothing, vintage décor and much more. Enjoy delicious food and live music both days. Edgebrook, 1601 N. Alpine Road, Rockford, (815) 226-0212, edgebrookshops.com.
Oct. 6-9, Thu-Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. A play about how you always want what you can’t have, “Picnic” won the 1953 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Every character longs for something beyond reach – beauty, marriage, respect, economic security, true love, emotional peace, and each character displays the relatable, desperate longing for a place in this world. Maddox Theatre, Rockford College, 5050 E. State St., Rockford, (815) 226-4000, Rockford.edu.
The Art of Recovery
Oct. 7-11, Fri. 5-9 p.m., Sat. 4-9 p.m., Tues. 6:30 p.m. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is sponsoring an art show featuring artists of all ages who are receiving mental health services. The goal is to continue to break the stigma on mental illness and show how art improves mental health and impacts recovery. Stepping Stones of Rockford, Inc., 706 N. Main St., Rockford, (815) 963-2470, naminorthernillinois.org.
The Herdeman Kelly Duo, Violin & Viola
Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m. Emily Herdeman Kelly enjoys a diverse career as a violinist and teacher. Violist Joshua Kelly is in demand as an orchestral and chamber musician. Mendelssohn Hall, 406 N. Main St., Rockford, (815) 964-9713, mendelssohnpac.org.
Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m. Transit Authority has become known throughout the U.S. as the premier tribute band to the iconic group, Chicago. Young Auditorium, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Whitewater, Wis., (262) 472-2222, uww.edu/youngauditorium.
Oct. 7-8, Fri. 5-9 p.m., Sat. 4-9 p.m. The Rockford Area Arts Council presents the 29th Annual Fall ArtScene showcasing original works of art at 40 locations across Rockford. Enjoy works in varied media of watercolor, acrylic, wood, sculpture, pottery, furniture, jewelry, photography and multi-media.
Autumn Craft Fair
Oct. 8-9, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. More than 90 talented artisans and crafters offer unique handmade artwork, crafts and jewelry. This indoor event has something for the whole family with a delicious food court. River Ridge School, 4141 IL Route 84 S., Hanover, Ill., visitgalena.org.
Jackpot! Show of Champions
Oct. 9, 2 p.m., doors 1:30 p.m. Listen to traditional barbershop and modern a-capella arrangements, browse raffle baskets and win cash prizes. Community Building Complex of Boone County, 111 W. 1st St., Belvidere, Ill., (815) 441-2594, rivercitysound.org.
Movies on Main: “The Good Dinosaur”
Oct. 9, 6 p.m. In a world where dinosaurs and humans live side-by-side, an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. The Nordlof Center, Rockford, (815) 987-6660, rockfordpubliclibrary.org.
The Little Big Band
Oct. 9, 3 p.m. Celebrate the wealth of talented music professionals in our area with an intimate concert and light refreshments. Emerson House, Rockford, mendelssohnpac.org.
Twenty Dirty Hands Pottery Tour
Oct. 14, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tour the beautiful Galena countryside, enjoy the fall colors and visit some of the best known pottery studios and sculpture studios, featuring special art exhibits that allow visitors a unique view of their kilns, forges and work spaces. Galena & Elizabeth, Ill. Studios, visit twentydirtyhands.com for all locations.
Ailey II Dance Company
Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m., Ailey II is universally renowned for merging the spirit and energy of the country’s best young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today’s most outstanding emerging choreographers. CPAC, Rockford, (815) 968-0595, rccaconcerts.org.
Rockford City Dance Festival
Oct. 14 & 15, Fri.-Sat. 7:30 p.m. Rockford University students perform under the direction of Assistant Professor of Dance Amy Wright as well as guest dance companies performing selected sets. Maddox Theatre, Rockford University, Rockford, (815) 226-4100, Rockford.edu.
Glengarry Glen Ross
Oct. 14, 7:30-10 p.m. Glengarry Glen Ross is the 1984 Pulitzer Prize winning play about a small-time, cutthroat real estate salesman trying to grind out a living by pushing plots of land on reluctant buyers in a never-ending scramble for their share of the American dream. Janesville Performing Arts Center, Janesville, (608) 758-0297, janesvillepac.org.
Plein Air Painting
Oct. 15, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. This is a gorgeous time of year to paint the prairie landscape. Drop in and have your choice of oils, acrylics or watercolors, as well as various levels of instruction. Paint the landscape or from a still life of prairie plants and flowers. Beginners and advanced painters welcome. Jarrett Prairie Center, 7993 N. River Road, Byron, Ill., (815) 234-8535, byronforestpreserve.com.
Holidazzle Craft Show
Oct. 15-16, Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Holidazzle craft show features crafters with all handmade items. Get a head start on Christmas shopping. Concessions are available. Winnebago County Fairgrounds, Pecatonica, Ill., (815) 239-1641, winnebagocountyfair.com.
Oct. 17, 7 p.m., dining option 5:30 p.m. Writer Catherine Johnson’s sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island as they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. Young Auditorium, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Whitewater, Wis., (262) 472-4444, uww.edu/youngauditorium.
Oct. 21, 6 p.m. Listen to brand new and fan favorite songs led by the Octonaauts’ eight-member crew. Costumed characters and animated projections take audiences on an underwater quest full of sea life surprises. CPAC, Rockford, (815) 968-0595, coronadopac.org.
A Night of Symphonic Rock
Oct. 22, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Rockford Symphony Orchestra brings a night of classic rock like you’ve never seen or heard. The show features a “hit parade” of classic rock like “Kashmir,” “Hotel California,” “More than a Feeling,” “Barracuda,” “Cold as Ice,” “Dream On,” and more with a full rock band and the Rockford Symphony Orchestra. The show features special guests John Elefante, former lead singer of Kansas, and Mickey Thomas from Starship. CPAC, Rockford, (815) 965-0049, rockfordsymphony.com.
Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m. Spawned out of decades of numerous musical endeavors, Honest Monday is a unique collaboration of singer-songwriters. Emerson House, 420 N. Main St., Rockford (815) 964-9713, mendelssohnpac.org.
Theresa Caputo Live! The Experience
Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m. Caputo is the star of the highly-rated show, “Long Island Medium,” which follows her life as a typical Long Island wife and mom with one very big difference – she can communicate with the dead. Since she cannot “turn off” this gift, messages from departed loved ones can come through at any time. See her face-to-face as she lets spirits guide her through the audience. CPAC, Rockford, (815) 968-0595, coronadopac.org.
The Moody Blues
Oct. 26, 8 p.m. With a legacy that spans the late ‘60s to the present, and worldwide album sales of over 70 million, The Moody Blues have generated a legendary list of hit songs that are regarded as some of the most ground-breaking and innovative music of our time. CPAC, Rockford, (815) 968-0595, coronadopac.org.
Gang-A-Tsui & Avalon String Quartet
Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m. This unique cross-cultural concert introduces traditional Asian music and theater and explores how these traditions extend into the 21st century. The Avalon String Quartet presents newly composed pieces with members of Gang-A Tsui. Mendelssohn Hall, Rockford, (815) 964-9713, mendelssohnpac.org.
Oct. 28, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra presents its annual free concert of music with a theme appropriate for children and adults. The 5:30 concert is repeated at 7:30 with trick-or-treating in the building a half hour before the 5:30 concert. KSO, Boutell Concert Hall, DeKalb, (815) 756-3728, ksihorchestra.org.
Oct. 29-30, Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Rock Valley Quilters Guild is holding a quilt show featuring the spectacular works of our area quilters. This year’s theme is “Threads of Love.” Also enjoy numerous vendors, a featured quilter, raffle baskets and quilt appraisals. St. John Vianney Church, 1250 E. Racine St., Janesville, (608) 752-8322, rvqg.org.
A Wild Ride in the Night!
Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m. This concert from the Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra includes scary Halloween favorites: “In the Hall of the Mountain King,” “Night on Bald Mountain,” “Danse Macabre,” and much more. Rove River Philharmonic, 444 Grand Ave., Suite 100, Beloit, (608) 931-5705, beloitjanesvillesymphony.org.
Oct. 29, 7 p.m. As a singer, actress, writer and musician, Anne hills has continuously built a reputation of merit. She has become one of the better-known voices of the contemporary folk music scene, receiving awards and recognition for her live performances. The Next Picture Show, 113 W. 1st St., Dixon, Ill., (815) 285-4924, annehills.com.
Classic Movie Night Under the Stars
Oct. 29, 7 p.m. Situated on 21 acres overlooking the Mississippi River Valley in Galena, the Luxury Goldmoor Inn welcomes guests and visitors for a classic double feature of “Dressed to Kill” and “Frankenstein.” Arrive early for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Goldmoor Inn, Galena, (815) 777-3925, goldmoor.com.
The Rockford Wind Ensemble
Oct. 30, 3 p.m. The Rockford Wind Ensemble is now in its 15th season, performing a remarkable range of musical styles. Expect historically significant works, outstanding soloists, world-premieres as well as popular favorites. The Nordlof Center, Rockford, rockfordpubliclibrary.org.
A Fireside Christmas
Nov. 3-Dec. 23. Through song, story and dance, this performance captures the very heart and essence of the holiday season. Each show is new and exciting, with gorgeous new costumes and sets, new songs and dancing, and new ways to tell the familiar stories of the season. Fireside Dinner Theatre, 1131 Janesville Ave., Fort Atkinson, Wis., (920) 563-9505, firesidetheatre.com.
RCCA: Havana Cuba All Stars
Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m. Drawing their inspiration from traditional Cuban Song, Cuba’s greatest musicians have created and maintained the songs and music of the rich culture of the Cuban people in the program, “Cuban Nights.” CPAC, Rockford, (815) 968-0595, coronadopac.org.
Art & Craft Fair
Nov. 5, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Browse through handmade merchandise that 90 vendors bring to the fair. Enjoy a raffle with gifts donated by artisans in the fair, a luncheon and a bake sale. Cambridge High School, 403 Blue Jay Way, Cambridge, Wis., (608) 423-3900, cambridgelibraryfriends.org.
Bill Hayley Jr. & The Comets
Nov. 5, The American rock and roll band Bill Haley & His Comets sold an estimated 60 million records worldwide. Now fans can relive the era with this high-spirited, entertaining show. Monroe High School Performing Arts Center, 1600 26th St., Monroe, Wis., (608) 325-5700, monroeartscenter.com.
Fall Arts & Craft Show
Nov. 5. Search more than 100 booths in two schools and three gyms with folk art, wood, glass, ceramics, pottery and consultant booths. Brodhead Elementary & Middle Schools, 2100 W. 9th Ave., Brodhead, Wis., (608) 295-9698, brodheadjaycees.org.
Bee Gees: Stayin’ Alive
Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m. The Bee Gees tribute band recreates one of the top acts in musical history. The authentic look and falsetto vocals of the Canadian production allow you to relive those great memories of the 70’s with songs like “Night Fever,” “Jive Talkin’,” and “How Deep is your Love.” Verona Area Performing Arts Series, 300 Richard St., Verona, Wis., (608) 848-2787, vapas.org.
Jess Salek, Piano
Nov. 6, 2 p.m. An accomplished solo performer, Jess Salek has a long list of accomplishments. Monroe Arts Center, Monroe, Wis., (608) 325-5700, monroeartscenter.com.
Carrie Underwood: The Storyteller Tour
Nov. 9, 7 p.m. Seven-time Grammy winner Carrie Underwood is bringing her tour to Rockford, featuring special guests Easton Corbin and The Swon Brothers. BMO Harris Bank Center, Rockford, (815) 968-5222, thebmoharrisbankcenter.com.
Buddy Guy & Jonny Lang
Nov. 11, 8 p.m. At age 79, Buddy Guy is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and a living link to the city’s days of electric blues. Jonny Lang found incredible success with the release of his album “Lie to Me.” See these two come together to present the past, present and future of blues. CPAC, Rockford, (815) 968-0595, coronadopac.org.
“Seussical the Musical!”
Nov. 11-13 & 18-20, Fri. & Sat. 7 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. Seussical is based on the works of Dr. Seuss and weaves together his most famous tales and characters from at least 15 of his books. Main Street Players, Community Building Complex of Boone County, 111 W. 1st St., Belvidere, (8000 741-2963, mainstreetplayersofboonecounty.com.
RSO Classics: Great Choruses & Overtures from Opera
Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m. All hail the majestic overtures and choruses from great operas, featuring the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center’s Mendelssohn Chorale. CPAC, Rockford, (815) 968-0595, coronadopac.org.
Jf.gaziano & Beatmerchants
Nov. 13, 3 p.m. Celebrate the wealth of talented music professionals in our area with an intimate concert and light refreshments. Emerson House, Rockford, mendelssohnpac.org.
Suite to Suite
Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m. The musical suite is an instrumental form which originally appeared in the late 14th century as a pairing of dance tunes. As it continued to grow in scope with the addition of more dances, the suite became an important musical form during the time of J.S. Bach. This program demonstrates the changes that occur in musical forms over the years. Mendelssohn Hall, Rockford, (815) 964-9713, mendelssohnpac.org.
Sherlock Holmes and the Cast of The Christmas Carol
Nov. 18-Dec. 4, In this ingenious meeting of two Victorian classics, Dr. Watson visits his hold friend Sherlock Holmes on Christmas Eve, finding him in a dark and misanthropic mood, planning to retire from the dull work of solving crimes. But soon, Holmes is visited by the ghost of his great enemy Professor Moriarty, who warns Holmes of an upcoming visit by three spirits. Pec Playhouse Theatre, Pecatonica, Ill., 9815) 239-1210, pecplayhouse.org.
April Verch Band
Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m. April Verch blends the traditions of North American roots music and exuberant step-dancing with her own artistic voice and vision. Monroe Arts Center, Monroe, Wis., (608) 325-5700, monroeartscenter.com.
Nov. 26 & 27. Guest choreographers Rolando Yanes and Monica Isla from Milwaukee Ballet company work with Rockford Dance Company in the production of “The Nutcracker,” a holiday classic. The story follows Clara, a young girl, as she takes an enchanted journey. Maddox Theatre, Rockford University, (815) 963-3341, rockforddancecompany.com.
Rockford Choral Union: “Messiah”
Nov. 26-27, Sat. 4 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. Enjoy the 71st annual presentation of “Messiah,” presented by Rockford Choral Union. The event features internationally known soloists, a large regional chorus, a chamber orchestra and a harpsichord. Trinity Lutheran Church, 200 N. 1st St., Rockford, rockfordchoralunion.org.