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New Aurora t-shirt: I survived the weekend of June 9

New Aurora t-shirt: I survived the weekend of June 9

I hope you have the second weekend in June free. If you already have plans, you might want to reconsider them, or come up with a believable excuse. You could say, “I’m sorry, but there is just too much art happening in...

Vacant Window Project

Vacant Window Project

Six windows! Woot! So it took eight months. We’re all volunteers, and we got it done! The Vacant Window Project in downtown Aurora is a success! The first six: Team Green’s window at 29 W. New York St. Team Paper’s window at...

Off Switch Magazine Launches Volume 2

  Aurora – West Branch librarian Katie Michels celebrated the release of her visually-stunning publication’s second issue on Saturday night at Aurora Yoga Center at 514 Terry Ave. on Aurora’s West Side. Michels debuted Off Switch, her artsy and inspiring magazine, last...

Get to the DLP on Friday Night!

Get to the DLP on Friday Night!

On Friday, two exhibits celebrating Aurora open at the David L. Pierce Art and History Center (the DLP) in downtown Aurora. Don’t miss them! Here’s more info. Aurora Story is a comprehensive exhibit of 175 years of Aurora’s history curated by the Aurora...

Miller’s Tailoring, 221 E. Galena Blvd.

Miller’s Tailoring, 221 E. Galena Blvd.

Miller’s Tailoring is a downtown relic — still in business since 1961. Read more about the small business in downtown Aurora in the Spring Issue 2012.

Crawl into the Yetee Cave

Crawl into the Yetee Cave

The Yetee Cave, at 33 S. Stolp in the Graham Building, welcomed visitors for the first time last Saturday for Chris Hodge‘s Exquisite Creations show. The hung prints were exquisite indeed. I learned that Hodge, a local artist out of North Aurora,...

One Paragraph Review: “Route 66” at the Paramount Theatre

One Paragraph Review: “Route 66” at the Paramount Theatre

Aurora – I’m 35, my daughter just turned six, and the women next to us were in their 70s. We all loved “Route 66,” a new musical revue at the Copley Theatre until June. It was the first musical review for me...

Beauty in a Vacant Window

Vacant windows conjure up lots of things, but rarely is beauty one of them. That is changing in downtown Aurora where several vacant windows have brought people together in order to help beautify the downtown. Without commentary on the vacant windows, groups...

Who is Andre Salles? Writer, music critic, pianist, that’s who.

Who is Andre Salles? Writer, music critic, pianist, that’s who.

Andre Salles took a month-long break from writing once; he’ll likely never do that again. He called the month in 2000 the October Project. “I didn’t write anything at all,” said Salles, who wrote the liner notes and plays piano on the...

Alley Art Festival 2012

Alley Art Festival 2012

Alley Art Festival 2012

This year’s Alley Art Festival poster is generously donated by local artist Chris Hodge. Hodge, of North Aurora, works out of Water Street Studios in Batavia. The artist and art teacher created the poster this spring drawing inspiration from old Aurora posters and stamps. The poster, with an homage to art deco style, features an updated Goddess of the Dawn with a “City of Lights” theme to celebrate Aurora’s 175th anniversary. The poster will be available for sale at the Alley Art Festival from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25.

Artist Chris Hodge will show many of his recent works at The Yetee Cave on Saturday, April 21. For more details, see Marissa’s Calendar by clicking on the events tab.

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