There’s so much to do in our neck of the Old Northwest Territory! Here are some fun events coming up this season.
Regional Juried Exhibition IX
Through Feb. 9, Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. noon-5 p.m. The show includes 53 contemporary art pieces chosen from more than 160 submissions, from artists in the tri-state region. Freeport Art Museum, 21 N. Harlem Ave., Freeport, (815) 235-9755, freeportartmuseum.com.
JPAC: Jekyll & Hyde
Jan. 25-26, Feb. 1-2, 7:30 p.m.; Jan. 27, 2 p.m. The Broadway musical, based on the classc tale, with a powerful score. By Bower City Theatre. Janesville Performing Arts Center (JPAC), 408 S. Main St., Janesville, Wis., (608) 758-0297, janesvillepac.org.
Lend Me A Tenor
Jan. 25-27, Fri.-Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. Madcap trouble ensues when a famous opera singer is presumed dead and a substitute takes his place. Byron Civic Theater, Byron Middle School, 850 N. Colfax St., Byron, Ill., (815) 312-3000, bctmagic.com.
Jason the Juggler!
Jan. 26, 11-11:45 a.m. Professional juggler and entertainer Jason Kollum presents an interactive, total-participation program where audience members become the jugglers and learn balancing and juggling skills. Rockford Public Library (RPL), Main Branch, 215 N. Wyman St., Rockford, (815) 965-7606, rockfordpubliclibrary.org.
Rockford Dance Company: Wolf Tales
Jan. 26, 7 p.m. What if the wolf from Red Riding Hood, The Three Little Pigs and Peter & the Wolf were all the same individual? Hear his side of the story. Kresge Hall, Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St., Rockford, (815) 963-3341, rockforddancecompany.org.
Beloit Civic Theatre: The Fox on the Fairway
Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 7-9, 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 2 & 9, 3 p.m. In this madcap adventure about love and golf, Quail Valley Golf Club faces Crouching Squirrel in the inter-club championship, amidst a must-win bet, three love affairs, a missing diamond, objectionable sweaters and an exploding vase. Elizabeth Reinholz Theatre, Beloit Memorial H.S., 1225 4th St., Beloit Wis. (608) 362-1595, beloitcivictheatre.org.
Young Musicians Recital: “Classics in Winter”
Feb. 2, 1:30 p.m. This annual series of three recitals is an opportunity for young music students to share their talents. Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center (MPAC), 415 N. Church St., Rockford, (815) 964-9713, mendelssohnpac.org.
Galena Goes ’50s: The Fast Clydes
Feb. 2-3, 6 p.m. Get out your poodle skirts and white bucks. A weekend of dance workshops, contests, food, Saturday Sock Hop. Dance: $15/free with workshop. Info: (815) 776-9917, galenaswingdance.com. Event: Turner Hall, 115 S. Bench St., Galena, Ill., (815) 777-1050, turnerhall.com.
The Web: Michael Johnson
Feb. 3, 2 p.m. This singer/songwriter has scored with hits like “Bluer Than Blue,” “This Night Won’t Last Forever,” “Almost Like Being in Love.” First Presbyterian Church, 406 N. Main St., Rockford, charlotteswebofrockford.org.
Feb. 6-16, 8 p.m.; Feb. 9-10, 16, 2 p.m. Rated R. Tony winner for Best Musical, Score and Book, with a cast of people and puppets, who tell about surviving in NYC with big dreams and no money. ADULT SITUATIONS; FULL PUPPET NUDITY. NOT SUITABLE FOR ALL AUDIENCES. Studio Theatre, Rock Valley College (RVC), 3301 N. Mulford Road, Rockford, (815) 921-2160.
J.F. Gaziano & Beat Merchants
Feb. 7, 5:30 p.m. This popular local group plays blues, jazz and original compositions. Jazz at Emerson. Emerson House, 420 N. Main St., Rockford, (815) 964-2238, mendelssohnpac.org.
Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m. Broadway at the Coronado. An unforgettable multimedia and live musical journey across Elvis’ life, featuring finalists from Elvis Presley Enterprises’ Ultimate Elvis Contest. Coronado Performing Arts Center (CPAC), 314 N. Main St., Rockford, (815) 968-0595, coronadopac.org.
Feb. 8, 7 p.m. The comic/actor/writer/producer performs with his observational humor. BMO Harris Bank Center, 300 Elm St., Rockford, (815) 968-5222, thebmoharrisbankcenter.com.
RSO: Rhapsody and Reveries
Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m. Steven Larsen, conductor; Charlie Albright, piano. Copland: Ceremonial Fanfare; Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue, Charlie Albright, piano; Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, op. 14. CPAC, Rockford, (815) 968-0595, coronadopac.org.
Antonio Quaranta & Metropolis Wind Sextet
Feb. 9, 7 p.m. From the Canterbury Concerts. Hear this talented baritone and these accomplished musicians from the Chicago-area Metropolis Symphony Orchestra. Free; reservations required. Philander Hall, 308 Deer Chase, Dixon, Ill., canterburyconcerts.com.
Avalon String Quartet
Feb. 15, 7 p.m. “Meltzer and Smetana,” from one of the country’s top string ensembles, now in residence at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. MPAC, Rockford, (815) 964-9713, mendelssohnpac.org.
Fox & Branch: Musicians Extraordinaire
Feb. 13, 11-11:45 a.m. With unique folk instruments like the washboard, this duo will get the whole family singing with well-known songs. Children will get to play some of the instruments. Auditorium, Main Branch RPL, Rockford, rockfordpubliclibrary.org.
Kids Concert/Measner Magic Show
Feb. 16, 3-4 p.m. Learn all about this magician and enjoy his sensational act. Free. Jarrett Center, 7993 N. River Road, Byron, (815) 234-8535.
The Web: Emily Hurd
Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m. With Stone Blind Valentine. This Rockford native is a prolific songwriter and pianist whose music is a mix of rock, soul, folk and bluegrass. MPAC, Rockford, (815) 964-9713, charlotteswebofrockford.org.
Piano Master Class with Christopher O’Riley
Feb. 21, 7 p.m. Up to 25 local piano students of middle and high school age will work with this world-renowned musician on intermediate to advanced repertoire. MPAC, Rockford, (815) 964-9713, mendelssohnpac.org.
Spank: The Fifty Shades Parody
Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m. This new musical brings all the naughty fun of the best-selling book to life. Hysterical comedy, musical numbers and sexy, fun performances. CPAC, Rockford, (815) 968-0595, coronadopac.org.
Christopher O’Riley: “Out Of My Hands”
Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m. The only classical pianist to receive a four-star review from Rolling Stone, this host of NPR’s “From the Top” repertoire ranges from Beethoven and Chopin to Radiohead and Nick Drake. Court Street United Methodist Church, 215 N. Court St., Rockford, (815) 964-9713, mendelssohnpac.org.
Concert with Violin, Cello & Piano
Feb. 24, 4:30 p.m. Members of Canterbury Music Society perform. Part of Canterbury Concerts. Free; reservations req. Philander Hall, Dixon, canterburyconcerts.com.
Feb. 28, 8 p.m. Multi-talented comedian, actor, and writer, star of his own sitcom on ABC, performs his popular, interactive comedy. CPAC, Rockford, (815) 968-0595, coronadopac.org.
JPAC: School House Rock
Feb. 28-March 1, 9:30 a.m. & 1 p.m. Spotlight on Kids: Reserved for School Groups. March 2, 2 & 7:30 p.m., $10 Adults, $5 Students, 3 and Under Free; March 3, 2 p.m. is Pay What You Can at the Door. About to start his first day of work, nervous school teacher Tom is taught to use music and imagination in his lessons by characters on TV. JPAC, Janesville, (608) 758-0297.
Feb. 28-March 3, Thu.-Sat. 7:30 p.m.; Sun. 2 p.m. Euripides’s play on the fates of the women of Troy after their city has been sacked, their husbands killed and remaining families about to be taken away as slaves. Cheek Theatre, Rockford College, 5050 E. State St., Rockford, (815) 226-4100.
Artists Ensemble: Brooklyn Boy
March 1-30, check website for days/times. A best-selling author faces his past when he makes a bedside visit to his dying father, running into an old school chum and old flame in the process. Cheek Theatre, Rockford College, (815) 226-4100.
RCCA: The Chieftains
March 2, 7:30 p.m. These six-time Grammy winners have made traditional Irish music their own. CPAC, Rockford, (815) 968-0595, coronadopac.org.
The Web: Buddy Mondlock
March 8, 7:30 p.m. Hear this songwriter, whose music has been recorded by stars like Janis Ian, Garth Brooks, Joan Baez and Peter, Paul & Mary. First Presbyterian Church, Rockford, charlotteswebofrockford.org.
JPAC: Lavinia Goodell Play Reading
March 8, 6 p.m. This dramatic reading of a new script in development for a play is based upon the life of Janesville attorney Lavinia Goodell, Wisconsin’s first woman lawyer. Free. JPAC, Janesville, (608) 758-0297.
McNulty Irish Dancers
March 9, 11-11:45 a.m. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as this group of dancers, ages 7 and up, performs lively jigs, reels and other Irish dances. Main Branch RPL, Rockford, rockfordpubliclibrary.org.
River Cities Jazz
March 9, 7:30 p.m. This band, founded by Janesville native Mitch Biba, plays everything from Glenn Miller to Earth, Wind & Fire. Janesville Presents! JPAC, Janesville, (608) 758-0297.
RSO: Salute to the Big Bands!
March 9, 7:30 p.m. Guest appearance from Emily Bear. Steven Larsen, conductor. Music of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, more. CPAC, Rockford, (815) 968-0595, coronadopac.org.
BJS: “A Little Night Music”
March 9, 6 p.m. dinner; 7:30 p.m. concert. Buy a pre-concert dinner at Janesville Armory. Susan Aquila, guest concertmaster. BJS Chamber Orchestra. Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings; Mendelssohn: Sinfonia No. 8; Mozart: Eine Kleine Nacht Musik. Call for reservations. Janesville Armory, (608) 741-7400, 10 S. High St., Janesville. Concert tickets: BJS, (608) 313-1200, beloitjanesvillesymphony.org.
JPAC: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
March 10, 2 p.m. John Dearman, William Kanengiser, Scott Tennant and Matthew Greif. They are known for using nylon string guitars to imitate a variety of instruments and effects. Hope Institute of Uganda. JPAC, Janesville, (608) 758-0297.
Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival
March 14, 3 & 6 p.m. Disney hits remixed to today’s hottest sounds – hip-hop, pop, swing, reggae, rock, country – and performed by Mickey, Ariel, Jasmine, Woody and friends. BMO Harris Bank Center, Rockford, theBMOharrisbankcenter.com.
JPAC: The Glass Menagerie
March 14-16, 22-23, 7:30 p.m.; March 17 & 24, 2 p.m. Tennessee Williams’ poignant memory drama about disappointment, escape and expectation. Stage One Inc. JPAC, Janesville, (608) 758-0297.
“Aaron Copland’s America”
March 15, 7:30 p.m. Hear the Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra perform. Court Street United Methodist Church, 215 N. Court St., Rockford, (815) 964-9713, mendelssohnpac.org.
March 15, 8 p.m. Broadway at the Coronado. This Tony and Academy Award-winning musical tells the story of an up-and-coming 1960s girl singing group, and the triumphs and tribulations that come with fame and fortune. CPAC, Rockford, (815) 968-0595, coronadopac.org.
FCCA: Intersection Trio
March 18, 7:30 p.m. Laura Frautschi, cellist Kristina Reiko Cooper and pianist John Novacek play a repertoire of traditional and lighter, shorter work. Masonic Temple, 305 W. Stephenson St., Freeport, Ill. Reserve tickets at (815) 232-4214 or purchase them at the door.
Sirens of the ’60s
March 19, 7 p.m. Colleen Raye, Debby O’Keefe and Katie Gearty perform hits of the the era’s popular female singers of the ’60s, like Carole King, Mama Cass, Cher, more. Historic Dixon Theatre, 114 S. Galena Ave., Dixon, Ill., svcca.org.
March 20-30, 8 p.m.; March 23-24, 30, 2 p.m. Comedic thriller. A couple tries to hide a dead body to get their hands on the inheritance, but he turns out to have been murdered. Agatha Christie’s last play. Studio Theatre, Rock Valley College (RVC), 3301 N. Mulford Road, Rockford, (815) 921-2160.
Dan Pincus & Jim McElhaney
March 21, 5:30 p.m. Music from this local piano/wind jazz duo. Jazz at Emerson. Emerson House, Rockford, mendelssohnpac.org.
RSO: Handel’s Messiah
March 23, 7:30 p.m. Featuring The Mendelssohn Chorale. RSO’s first performance of the entire piece, meant by Handel as an Easter oratorio. CPAC, Rockford, coronadopac.org.
JPAC: Spring Awakening
April 4-6, 7:30 p.m. Based on Frank Wedekind’s controversial 1891 drama addressing sex, violence and suicide. The 19th-century dialogue and costumes blend perfectly with an alternative pop score by singer/songwriter Duncan Sheik. Bower City Theatre. JPAC, Janesville, (608) 758-0297.
Bottom Line Duo
April 5, 7:30 p.m. A MAC Special Performance. Spencer and Traci Hoveskeland offer a unique program of bass and cello music, from Baroque to the present, with expert musicianship, exuberant joy and playful humor, including a musical battle of “Flight of the Bumblebee.” Monroe Arts Center (MAC), Monroe, Wis., monroeartscenter.org.
FCCA: Bottom Line Duo
April 6, 3 p.m. Spencer and Traci Hoveskeland. Masonic Temple, Freeport, Ill. Reserve tickets at (815) 232-4214 or purchase them at the door.
Green County Harmony Chorus
April 6, 7:30 p.m. This men’s group sings barbershop arrangements of all kinds of songs. Monroe High School Performing Arts Center, 1600 26th St., Monroe, monroeartscenter.org.
Jodi Beach & Jim McDowell
April 8, 5:30 p.m. Professional vocalist Beach and classically trained bassist and guitarist Jim McDowell perform. Music on Main. Emerson House, Rockford, mendelssohnpac.org.
JPAC: My Heart in a Suitcase
April 10, 10 a.m. Based on Anne Lehmann Fox’s book about her experience on Kindertransport, which sent Jewish children out of Nazi Germany to live with families in England. Grades 4-8. Janesville Presents! JPAC, Janesville, (608) 758-0297.
Just Imagine: A Tribute to John Lennon
April 12, 7:30 p.m. Tim Piper as Lennon shares his songs and stories. Monroe High School Performing Arts Center, 1600 26th St., Monroe, Wis., (608) 325-5700, monroeartscenter.org.
KG and The Ranger
April 13, 11-11:45 a.m. This duo entertains with a toe-tappin’, foot-stompin’, lariat-twirlin’ show. Main Branch RPL, Rockford, (815) 965-7606.
Rockford Dance Company: “Bold Moves!”
April 13, 7 p.m. A hip-hop group and ballerinas battle to Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, while the Music Academy of Rockford performs “The Carnival of Animals.” CPAC, Rockford, (815) 963-3341, rockforddancecompany.org.
The Web: ellen cherry, guitar/vocal
April 13, 7:30 p.m. This Baltimore-based singer/songwriter, recording since 1997, has won an Emmy. First Presbyterian Church, Rockford, charlotteswebofrockford.org.
JPAC: DePue De Hoyos
April 13, 7:30 p.m. Classically trained violinist Alex DePue and Mexican guitarist Miguel De Hoyos perform offbeat arrangements of everything from classical numbers to show tunes to pop hits and rock anthems. JPAC, Janesville, (608) 758-0297.