Here’s a look at what’s coming up this season at our region’s many arts venues.
Editor’s Note: In light of cancelations caused by the COVID-19 virus, check with venues before assuming an event will take place.
A Sense of Place
Through Aug. 1, Tue.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. noon-5 p.m. What conveys a sense of place to us as residents of a home, community or region? The Momentum Art Guild uses a variety of media and techniques to create works that interpret what “sense of place” means to them. Freeport Art Museum (FAM), 121 N. Harlem Ave., Freeport, (815) 235-9755, freeportartmuseum.org.
RAM: Sonic Disruptions: Buisch & Hogan
Through Sept. 27, daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thu. to 7 p.m. Chair of Painting and Sculpture at the University of Ilinois, Laurie Hogan creates beautiful yet bizarre landscapes reflecting pop culture and the human experience. Derrick Buisch, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, creates evocative imagery with moments of uneasy hilarity. Rockford Art Museum (RAM), 711 N. Main St., Rockford, (815) 968-2787, rockfordartmuseum.org.
July 10 & Aug. 14, 7:30 p.m. Two baby grand pianos plus two rocking entertainers equal an evening of entertainment, full of audience requests and singing along; dancing too. Janesville Performing Arts Center (JPAC), 408 S. Main St., Janesville, (608) 758-0297, janesvillepac.org.
The Nashville Hurricane
July 11, 7:30 p.m. The one-man show by actor and musician Chase Padgett, in which he transforms into four characters, each with their own voice. Padgett pays homage to guitarist Henry Waltrip, “The Nashville Hurricane,” following the story of his humble trailer park beginnings to memorable gigs on the road. Monroe Arts Center (MAC), 1315 11th St., Monroe, Wis., (608) 325-5700, monroeartscenter.org.
Folk Songs of the Confluence
July 12, 1-2 p.m. Illinois folk singer Bucky Halker musically weaves the story of the people who labored and lived on the confluence land, from the men who rode the rails and lived in encampments during the Depression era to the Irish workers who built the railroads and the men who labored in the foundries. Bring lawn chairs. Nature at the Confluence, 306 Dickop St., South Beloit, Ill., (815) 200-6910, natureattheconfluence.com.
Classic Film Series
July 19, 2 p.m. Enjoy an afternoon at the theater with a presentation of “The Sound of Music.” Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. 2nd St., DeKalb, Ill., (815) 758-1215, egyptiantheatre.org.
July 19, gates open at 4 p.m., concert at 6 p.m. Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy an evening of music with Juhre, who brings soul to the forefront. Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St., Rockford, (815) 965-8146, klehm.org.
July 19, 7 p.m. Entertainment by the Rockford acoustic duo comprised of Shannon Espinosa and David Coffey. Jarrett Prairie Center, 7993 N. River Road, Byron, Ill., (815) 234-8535, byronforestpreserve.com.
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella”
July 23-Sept. 6, see website for times. A live stage production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical adaption of one of the world’s most enduring love stories. Fireside Theatre, 1131 Janesville Ave., Fort Atkinson, Wis., (800) 477-9505, firesidetheatre.com.
Rick Lindy & The Wild Ones
July 27-29, Mon. & Wed. 11:30 a.m., Tue. 5:30 p.m. Relive the sounds of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Beatles, Tom Jones and others. Starved Rock Lodge, 2688 E. 873rd Road, Oglesby, Ill., (815) 220-7386, starvedrocklodge.com.
Aug. 2, 7 p.m. Bring the family for an evening of music with the Backwoods Trio. Jarrett Prairie Center, Byron, Ill., (815) 234-8535, byronforestpreserve.com.
Aug. 3-5, 11:30 a.m. Chicagoland favorites Phil and Amy return to entertain with hits from “The Music Man,” “Showboat,” “My Fair Lady,” “Phantom of the Opera” and many more. Starved Rock Lodge, Oglesby, Ill., (815) 220-7386, starvedrocklodge.com.
“What a Wonderful World”
Aug. 6-16, Thu.-Fri. 7:30 p.m., Sat. 2 & 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. This musical tells the tale of how Santa and Mrs. Claus met and fell in love in their 20s; the premiere of this jukebox musical. Timber Lake Playhouse, 8215 Black Oak Road, Mt. Carroll, Ill., (815) 244-2035, timberlakeplayhouse.org.
Elvis Tribute Show
Aug. 10, 11:30 a.m. Michael St. Angel returns to Starved Rock as he performs many of the gospel hits that started Elvis’ career, in addition to his other hits, such as “Jailhouse Rock” and “Hounddog.” Starved Rock Lodge, Oglesby, Ill., (815) 220-7386, starvedrocklodge.com.
Aug. 14, 7 p.m. Featuring the rich, Southern harmonies from four vocalists and a beatboxer, the concert showcases the group’s album, “Dive Bar Saints,” coming out in September. Coronado Performing Arts Center, 314 N. Main St., Rockford, (815) 968-0595, coronadopac.org.
Classic Film Series
Aug. 16, 2 p.m. August’s featured 35mm film is “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” Egyptian Theatre, DeKalb, Ill., (815) 758-1215, egyptiantheatre.org.
The Neverly Brothers
Aug. 16, 6 p.m. Gates open at 4 p.m., concert at 6 p.m. During this guided tour of rock history, complete with wardrobe changes, the group pays tribute to Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, The Beatles, Rolling Stones and many more. Klehm Arboretum, Rockford, (815) 965-8146, klehm.org.
Branson Country Legends
Aug. 10, 11:30 a.m. Gordy and Debbie take a musical journey with their favorite songs. Starved Rock Lodge, Oglesby, Ill., (815) 220-7386, starvedrocklodge.com.
“Jesus Christ Superstar”
Aug. 20-30, Thu.-Fri. 7:30 p.m., Sat. 2 & 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. The rock opera based on the Gospels’ accounts of the last days of Jesus. Timber Lake Playhouse, Mt. Carroll, Ill., (815) 244-2035, timberlakeplayhouse.org.
The Fab Four
Aug. 29, 8 p.m. The Emmy-winning tribute group entertains with renditions of Beatles classics such as “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Yesterday,” “Twist and Shout,” “Hey Jude” and many more. Coronado PAC, Rockford, (815) 968-0595, coronadopac.org.
Colin Mochrie & Asad Mecci
Aug. 29, 8-10 p.m. Mochrie, of “Whose Line is it, Anyway?” is joined by master hypnotist Mecci for a unique comedy experience. Twenty audience volunteers are put under hypnosis; enter improviser Mochrie, who attempts to manipulate those under hypnosis. What could go wrong? JPAC, Janesville, (608) 758-0297, janesvillepac.org.
Dueling Pianos Lunch Matinee
Aug. 31-Sept. 1, 11:30 a.m. A wildly entertaining, interactive musical experience that’s sure to inspire spontaneous singing, dancing and laughing out loud. Starved Rock Lodge, Oglesby, Ill., (815) 220-7386, starvedrocklodge.com.
“The Buddy Holly Story”
Sept. 10-20, Thu.-Fri. 7:30 p.m., Sat. 2 & 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. The story of Holly’s meteoric rise to fame, from the release of “That’ll Be the Day,” to his tragic death less than two years later; featuring over 20 hits, including “Peggy Sue,” “Everyday,” and “Rave On.” Timber Lake Playhouse, Mt. Carroll, Ill., (815) 244-2035, timberlakeplayhouse.org.
“Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”
Sept. 10-Oct. 25, see website for times. The biblical story, filled with music from pop-rock to country to musical comedy, follows young Joseph as he faces adversity and triumphs through his dreams and his unwavering faith; written by Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice. Fireside, Fort Atkinson, Wis., (800) 477-9505, firesidetheatre.com.
Sept. 12, 8 p.m. An intimate night of music on stage with artist Sam Lewis, whose work has been described as being at the junction of feel-good music and vital social commentary. Lewis, who has a new solo acoustic album, “SOLO,” has collaborated with many artists, including Leon Russell. Coronado PAC, Rockford, (815) 968-0595, coronadopac.org.
Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood: Scared Scriptless Tour
Sept. 20, 7 p.m. The “Whose Line” comedians bring plenty of laughs and a few surprises with their latest live improve show. Coronado PAC, Rockford, (815) 968-0595, coronadopac.org.
Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m. Entering the final leg of its 40th anniversary tour, the classic rock band performs its Point of Know Return album in its entirety. 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport, Iowa, (563) 326-8500, adlertheatre.com.
Darci Lynne & Friends: Fresh Out of the Box Oct. 3, 7 p.m. The talented young singer/ventriloquist is best known for her winning appearance on “America’s Got Talent.” Coronado PAC, Rockford, (815) 968-0595, coronadopac.org.
Oct. 7, 7 p.m. The seven-time Grammy winner’s “I Just Need U” has gone gold as he brings his “Hits Deep Tour” to town. Coronado PAC, Rockford, (815) 968-0595, coronadopac.org.
Oct. 3, 7 p.m. The classic rock band performs hits including “Saturday in the Park,” “25 Or 6 to 4,” and “You’re the Inspiration.” Coronado PAC, Rockford, (815) 968-0595, coronadopac.org.