Tetched World of Gayle S Kruse-Baumgartner-Cleveland
Mar
6
to Mar 30

Tetched World of Gayle S Kruse-Baumgartner-Cleveland

  • Old Courthouse Arts Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come experience the wonderful world of Gayle S Kruse-Baumgartner-Cleveland depicted through her "Whimsical Witches", "Wild West Wonderful Women" and much more in the Gould Gallery. This show will also feature work from her Women Who Do series, inspired by good spirited portraits. A portion of all sales made at this show will be donated to a building fund to make the Old Court House Arts Center more handicap accessible.

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Women's Works Exhibition
Mar
6
to Apr 13

Women's Works Exhibition

  • Old Courthouse Arts Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The 32nd Annual Exhibition of Women’s Works continues to bring international art and culture to the Northwest communities while honoring women in the arts. This year's show includes 110 works by artists from as far as Canada, Europe, the Middle East and more!

The exhibition began in 1988 to honor women in the arts during women’s history month by the original founders, local artists; Lynn Carlson, Nan Seidler, Alice White, Doris Gallagher and Jeanine Hill-Soldner. Past notable judges include American feminist artist, Judy Chicago who founded the first feminist art program in the United States; Beate Minkovski, co-founder of Woman Made Gallery in Chicago and Karen Stahlecker, local printmaker and paper artist featured in the Smithsonian collection.

This year’s exhibit is being judged by Chicago based artist, Ginny Sykes. Ginny works in painting, installation, performance and video. Her practice is informed by feminism as a resistance to institutional and prescriptive classifications of a universalized female experience. She has created over 40 public arts projects, including On the Wings of Water at Chicago O'Hare Airport, and Rora, an interpretive history of the Chicago River, which received an honor award from the Chicago Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Learn More About Ginny Here!

Please join us for the opening reception, Saturday, March 9 from 6-9pm. You can meet the artists, enjoy refreshments, view the artwork and this year's winning pieces.

Opening night will feature a musical performance by Lisa Zane and Rafael Vivanco, the duo portion of The Lisa Zane Classical and World Music Ensemble of Chicago. They’ll perform guitar and vocal selections from Europe and The Americas, French chansons, Argentinian tangos, Mexican ballads and more. Vivanco is a classical guitarist specializing in Spanish music from the Baroque era forward and Ms. Zane is an actress and torch balladeer in five languages. Their vast repertoire casts a spell both familiar and exotic.

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Garnet Rogers / Crys Matthews
Mar
24
2:00 PM14:00

Garnet Rogers / Crys Matthews

Heralded as "one of the major talents of our time" by The Boston Globe, Canadian folk musician Garnet Rogers is a man with a powerful presence and a voice to match.

Opening for Rogers, Crys Matthews is the grand-prize winner of the NewSong Music Competition and winner of the People Music Network’s Social Justice Songs contest at the 2017 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance.

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History Book Club - Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission by Hampton Sides
Mar
25
7:00 PM19:00

History Book Club - Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission by Hampton Sides

Join us as we discuss Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission by Hampton Sides. The History Book Club meets on the last Monday of every month. New members are always welcome!

On January 28, 1945, 121 hand-selected U.S. troops slipped behind enemy lines in the Philippines. Their mission: March thirty rugged miles to rescue 513 POWs languishing in a hellish camp, among them the last survivors of the infamous Bataan Death March. A recent prison massacre by Japanese soldiers elsewhere in the Philippines made the stakes impossibly high and left little time to plan the complex operation.

In Ghost Soldiers Hampton Sides vividly re-creates this daring raid, offering a minute-by-minute narration that unfolds alongside intimate portraits of the prisoners and their lives in the camp. Sides shows how the POWs banded together to survive, defying the Japanese authorities even as they endured starvation, tropical diseases, and torture. Harrowing, poignant, and inspiring, Ghost Soldiers is the mesmerizing story of a remarkable mission. It is also a testament to the human spirit, an account of enormous bravery and self-sacrifice amid the most trying conditions.

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Senior Cafe
Mar
26
1:00 PM13:00

Senior Cafe

The City of Woodstock invites seniors to drop in at the Stage Left Café (next to the Opera House) every Tuesday for coffee and more! Each week will bring a special activity, speaker, food or game. Take this opportunity to get out and socialize with your friends or just hang out and learn about your community.

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Paint 'N Sip
Mar
26
6:30 PM18:30

Paint 'N Sip

Discover a new way to unwind with your friends while a local artist guides you through painting your own masterpiece. The library will provide soft drinks and water, but you can bring your own beverage as well. Open to grades 6-12.

Register online, by phone at (815) 338-0542 or in person at the Woodstock Public Library (414 West Judd Street).

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The Waking Forest by Alyssa Wees
Mar
27
6:00 PM18:00

The Waking Forest by Alyssa Wees

Alyssa Wees’s debut novel is The Waking Forest, a young adult fantasy about a girl with terrifying nightmares and a wish-granting witch whose lives collide in the most unexpected of ways. Alyssa lives and writes in Crystal Lake.

Register online, by phone at (815) 338-0542 or in person at the Woodstock Public Library (414 West Judd Street).

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Nunsense
Mar
29
to Apr 14

Nunsense

Nunsense is a hilarious spoof about the misadventures of five nuns trying to manage a fundraiser. Sadly, the rest of the sisterhood died from botulism after eating vichyssoise prepared by Sister Julia. Thus, the remaining nuns – ballet-loving Sister Leo, street-wise Sister Robert Anne, befuddled Sister Mary Amnesia, the Mother Superior Sister Regina, and mistress of the novices Sister Mary Hubert – stage a talent show in order to raise the money to bury their dearly departed.

Showtimes:
Friday, March 29 at 8pm
Saturday, March 30 at 8pm
Sunday, March 31 at 2pm
Friday, April 5 at 8pm
Saturday, April 6 at 8pm
Sunday, April 7 at 2pm
Friday, April 12 at 8pm
Saturday, April 13 at 8pm
Sunday, April 14 at 2pm

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Kid's Joke-A-Thon
Mar
31
3:00 PM15:00

Kid's Joke-A-Thon

Join us for this fun open mic event for kid comedians hosted by Dickinson's Little Vaudeville, Inc.

Kids Ages 7-17
Up to 10 Jokes per Jokester / No Unfriendly or Hurtful Jokes
No Auditions, No Rehearsal, No Training & No Experience Necessary

Suggested Donation of Canned Soup for the Woodstock Food Pantry.

Participants must register in the lobby of the Opera House Box Office by February 22nd.
Please email or call (847) 528-3942 with any questions.

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Fantasy Book Club - The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Apr
1
7:00 PM19:00

Fantasy Book Club - The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Join us as we discuss The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. The Fantasy Book Club meets on the first Monday of every other month. New members are always welcome!

My name is Kvothe.

I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.

You may have heard of me.

So begins a tale unequaled in fantasy literature—the story of a hero told in his own voice. It is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man’s search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

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Senior Cafe
Apr
2
1:00 PM13:00

Senior Cafe

The City of Woodstock invites seniors to drop in at the Stage Left Café (next to the Opera House) every Tuesday for coffee and more! Each week will bring a special activity, speaker, food or game. Take this opportunity to get out and socialize with your friends or just hang out and learn about your community.

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Life Drawing
Apr
3
5:30 PM17:30

Life Drawing

Join us for life drawing every Wednesday evening from 5:30-8:30pm as well as on select Saturdays. There will be both nude and clothed models. All skill levels are welcome and additional instruction is available!

$17 Per Session / Bulk Discounts Available

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Club M81 / Halloween in April
Apr
4
7:00 PM19:00

Club M81 / Halloween in April

Join fellow young adults the first Thursday of the month for food, fun and connecting. Each month will be different! This month we’re celebrating Halloween in April! Come out and meet your new ghoul friends and participate in a variety of spooky activities. We’ll have a costume contest, Halloween Jeopardy & Pictionary, candy & boos, bobbing for apples, scary green screen scenes, prizes and more! Come celebrate our favorite time of year a little early!

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Health and Wellness / Home & Business Expo
Apr
6
10:00 AM10:00

Health and Wellness / Home & Business Expo

The Woodstock Chamber invites you to the 3rd annual Health and Wellness Expo. Discover what the best Health and Wellness experts in McHenry County have to offer. Exhibitors offering physical fitness services, mental health services, financial services, medical services and wellness products will be available to assist you with many health and wellness needs. Presentations will run throughout the day and refreshments will be available.

Attending is Free and Family Friendly!
The Expo is Sponsored by Northwestern Medicine.

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Fresh Pasta Making 101
Apr
6
11:00 AM11:00

Fresh Pasta Making 101

  • Loyola University Retreat & Ecology Campus (map)
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Join us for this hands-on fresh pasta making class! Learn dough making, cutting and filling techniques along with delectable sauces to top and toss.

Upcoming Culinary Classes & Chef Demonstrations at LUREC:

Spring Has Sprung Food & Wine Pairing Dinner / Saturday, April 27, 6-9pm
Mother’s Day High Tea / Saturday, May 11, 11am-2pm
Pinn-Oak Ridge Farm Lamb Wine Dinner / Saturday, June 8, 6-9pm

Learn More & Register Here!

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One City, One Poet - Poetry Writing Workshop
Apr
6
1:00 PM13:00

One City, One Poet - Poetry Writing Workshop

Join us for a poetry writing workshop led by Timothy David Rey, a Chicago-based writer, performer and educator. Writers of all experience levels are welcome at this one-of-a-kind workshop.

Timothy is the Poet In-Residence for The Chicago Poetry Center, author of Little Victories, Coordinator for Poetry Out Loud! and co-creator of the LBGT showcase Solo Homo.

This workshop is part of the One City, One Poet celebration and presented in conjunction with the Atrocious Poets.

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Ken Johnson
Apr
6
to Apr 7

Ken Johnson

  • Starbell Hatchery Recording Studio (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for an engaging musical experience featuring the sweet guitar and voice of Ken Johnson. Ken will entertain us with songs both familiar and new and John Hegner will accompany him on select songs. These performances will be recorded, marking a new step in Ken’s artistic journey. Bring your positive vibes to support him in this endeavor, while getting an insider’s view of the recording process! Beer, wine and soft drinks will be provided.

Performances:

Saturday, April 6 at 7:30pm
Sunday, April 7 at 3pm

Space Limited / Reservations Required
Purchase Tickets Here!

Contact Starbell Hatchery for More Information.

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Magic at the Cafe with Dennis Christie
Apr
6
8:00 PM20:00

Magic at the Cafe with Dennis Christie

Join us for a mystical night of illusions, perfect for families, date night or just a fun night out with friends every first Saturday of the month.

Dennis Christie M.D. (Master Deceptionist) amazes both young and old with his jaw-dropping performances. He’s won over scores of people with his fun-loving, laid back and approachable personality. His mentalism skills, illusions and close-up magic leave people mind-blown! Join Dennis for an evening of close-up magic, drinks and fun at the Stage Left Cafe.

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Sun, Moon & Stars, Woodstock Folk Festival Spring Benefit Concert
Apr
7
2:00 PM14:00

Sun, Moon & Stars, Woodstock Folk Festival Spring Benefit Concert

Mark your calendars and join us for Sun, Moon & Stars, the 8th annual invitational concert presented by Woodstock Folk Festival to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the First Lunar Landing! The first lunar landing and moonwalk on July 20-21, 1969 mesmerized the world. An estimated 600 million people around the world watched as Apollo 11 became the first manned spacecraft to land on the moon. Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins travelled 240,000 miles from the Earth to the moon in 76 hours. As Armstrong touched the moon’s surface, he said “That’s one small step for man ... one giant leap for mankind.”

In celebration of that event the concert will feature songs about the sun, moon and starts performed by some of Illinois’s best musicians and a multimedia presentation by renowned astronomical artist Mark Paternostro who was the former sky show producer for the Alder Planetarium for about 30 years! We’ll also have snacks and drinks featuring the sun, moon and stars.

Performers Include: Tricia Alexander, Jeff Justman, Cheryl Niemo and the Down Home Boys (Marty Brunkalla and Pete Jonsson), Northwest Highway (Andy Andrick, Gloria Burchfield and Les Urban), Cassandra Vohs-Demann, Russ and Diane Ward as well as Mark Paternostro.

Admission: $15 (suggested donation)
Reservations and More Information:
Visit the Website / Call 815-353-5696 / Email Us

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They Shall Not Grow Old
Apr
8
1:00 PM13:00

They Shall Not Grow Old

Second Monday Film Club presents They Shall Not Grow Old at Classic Cinemas Woodstock Theatre. Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) adds sound and color to century-old footage from the first World War to create a truly new and unique cinematic experience.

Showtimes:
Matinee at 1pm
Evening at 7pm

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The A, B, C & D of Medicare: Understanding Your Medicare Choices
Apr
8
6:30 PM18:30

The A, B, C & D of Medicare: Understanding Your Medicare Choices

When the time comes to choose a Medicare plan or review your existing coverage the options can become overwhelming. This workshop presented by Jane Sanchez of Aegis Resources, Inc. will provide critical information about the various Medicare plans.

Register online, by phone at (815) 338-0542 or in person at the Woodstock Public Library (414 West Judd Street).

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Progressives Book Club - Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago's South Side by Eve L. Ewing
Apr
8
7:00 PM19:00

Progressives Book Club - Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago's South Side by Eve L. Ewing

Join us for Progressives Book Club as we discuss Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago's South Side by Eve L. Ewing. Progressives Book Club meets the second Monday of each month with a focus on books that explore issues like social justice, race and income inequality, progressive politics, environmental activism and equal rights for all. New members are always welcome!


“Failing schools. Underprivileged schools. Just plain bad schools.”

That’s how Eve L. Ewing opens Ghosts in the Schoolyard, describing Chicago Public Schools from the outside the way politicians and pundits and parents of kids who attend other schools talk about them, with a mix of pity and contempt.

But Ewing knows Chicago Public Schools from the inside: as a student, then a teacher and now a scholar who studies them. And that perspective has shown her that public schools are not buildings full of failures—they’re an integral part of their neighborhoods, at the heart of their communities, storehouses of history and memory that bring people together.

Never was that role more apparent than in 2013 when Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced an unprecedented wave of school closings. Pitched simultaneously as a solution to a budget problem, a response to declining enrollments and a chance to purge bad schools that were dragging down the whole system, the plan was met with a roar of protest from parents, students and teachers. But if these schools were so bad, why did people care so much about keeping them open, to the point that some would even go on a hunger strike?

Ewing’s answer begins with a story of systemic racism, inequality, bad faith and distrust that stretches deep into Chicago history. Rooting her exploration in the historic African American neighborhood of Bronzeville, Ewing reveals that this issue is about much more than just schools. Black communities see the closing of their schools—schools that are certainly less than perfect but that are theirs—as one more in a long line of racist policies. The fight to keep them open is yet another front in the ongoing struggle of black people in America to build successful lives and achieve true self-determination.

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Senior Cafe
Apr
9
1:00 PM13:00

Senior Cafe

The City of Woodstock invites seniors to drop in at the Stage Left Café (next to the Opera House) every Tuesday for coffee and more! Each week will bring a special activity, speaker, food or game. Take this opportunity to get out and socialize with your friends or just hang out and learn about your community.

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Wooden Sign Painting Workshop
Apr
9
6:00 PM18:00

Wooden Sign Painting Workshop

Register you and your friends for a tasty, fun and crafty night! Creative Expressions is hosting a DIY wooden sign painting workshop where you’ll have a great time painting a masterpiece to take home with you!

Though workshops will be led simultaneously, there are two options for registration; one for any of Creative Expressions’s available signs and another for the porch signs only. Please see the details below for specifics on each option. Registration is required and materials are provided.


Wood Sign - Register Here!
Choose from any of our designs or have us custom design something for you! Cost depends on size of sign you pick ranging from $50- $120 and custom designs may cost an additional $20 for design time. See Sizes, Prices and Designs Here!

Porch Sign - Register Here!
Porch signs are all approximately 4ft x 11in. The cost per sign is $50 and an additional $25 to put a second design on the back.

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Daytime Book Club - Evening in Paradise: More Stories by Lucia Berlin
Apr
10
12:30 PM12:30

Daytime Book Club - Evening in Paradise: More Stories by Lucia Berlin

Join us as we discuss Evening in Paradise: More Stories by Lucia Berlin. It’s a collection of previously uncompiled stories from the short-story master and literary sensation Lucia Berlin. The Daytime Book Club meets on the second Wednesday of each month. New members are always welcome!


In 2015, Farrar, Straus and Giroux published A Manual for Cleaning Women, a posthumous story collection by a relatively unknown writer, to wild, widespread acclaim. It was a New York Times bestseller; the paper’s Book Review named it one of the Ten Best Books of 2015; and NPR, Time, Entertainment Weekly, The Guardian, The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and other outlets gave the book rave reviews.

The book’s author, Lucia Berlin, earned comparisons to Raymond Carver, Grace Paley, Alice Munro and Anton Chekhov. Evening in Paradise is a careful selection from Berlin’s remaining stories―twenty-two gems that showcase the gritty glamour that made readers fall in love with her. From Texas to Chile, Mexico to New York City, Berlin finds beauty in the darkest places and darkness in the seemingly pristine. Evening in Paradise is an essential piece of Berlin’s oeuvre, a jewel-box follow-up for new and old fans.

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Sleuths & Clues Gala and Auction
Apr
12
6:00 PM18:00

Sleuths & Clues Gala and Auction

Come have a blast at the “Sleuths & Clues” themed Family Health Partnership Clinic’s Annual Gala! It will be an evening of mystery, so come dressed as you are or your favorite real or fictional detective! Dinner, entertainment, silent, raffles, games and a patient’s program will fill this night with fun! Proceeds benefit patients who are uninsured or underinsured and in need of medical care.

Cocktails at 6pm / Dinner at 7pm

$1,000 Table of 10 / $125.00 Each
Tickets Available Soon!

For Further Gala and Auction Information Contact Shelby Johnson at (779) 220-9305 or by Email.
For Sponsorship and Advertising Information Contact Cathy Patenaude at (779) 220-9304 or by Email.

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Open Mic Night
Apr
12
to Apr 13

Open Mic Night

Join us for Off Square Music’s Open Mic Night on the second and fourth Fridays each month! The evening begins at 7pm and runs until around midnight with performers playing 15-minute slots. The featured performer is on from 8:30-9pm.

To sign up, contact Keith Johnson at (815) 338-5164.

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Organize Yourself
Apr
13
3:00 PM15:00

Organize Yourself

Join Amy Stefani from SOS: Stefani Organizing Solutions to learn some tips and tricks for completing your annual spring cleaning. Amy is a registered member of National Association of Productivity & Organization, and will offer background information regarding disorganization as well as proven techniques for clearing away clutter and how to maintain your newly organized space.

Register online, by phone at (815) 338-0542 or in person at the Woodstock Public Library (414 West Judd Street).

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Great Lakes Steelpan Festival
Apr
13
7:00 PM19:00

Great Lakes Steelpan Festival

Join Culture, Arts & Music in bringing steelpan culture to the Midwest. Culture, Arts & Music runs a steelpan band at Creekside Middle School to help students develop music skills and experience sounds from other cultures.

A day of steelpan classes culminates in an evening concert for everyone to enjoy from 7-8:45pm at Creekside Middle School. Open to the public.

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The Simple Remedy
Apr
13
8:00 PM20:00

The Simple Remedy

Join us for the Simple Remedy at Niko’s! The Simple Remedy has built a reputation as being a reliable and exciting band to be around. Born on the South Side of Chicago, the band has gone through multiple iterations to become what it is today. Along the way the influences kept pouring in. From Nashville’s classic sound to Motown’s vibe with a little Chicago Blues mixed in for good measure. The melting pot approach has served them well over the years.

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Backyard Rain Barrels
Apr
15
6:30 PM18:30

Backyard Rain Barrels

Help the environment and save that water! Join Sarah Michehl from The Land Conservancy of McHenry County to learn the ins and outs of rain barrel use. You’ll have access to information, order forms and lessons learned on the basics of rain barrels in a suburban landscape.

Register online, by phone at (815) 338-0542 or in person at the Woodstock Public Library (414 West Judd Street).

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Evening Book Club - The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
Apr
15
7:00 PM19:00

Evening Book Club - The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

Join us as we discuss The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn. The Evening Book Club meets on the third Monday of every month. New Members are always welcome!

Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.

Twisty and powerful, ingenious and moving, The Woman in the Window is a smart, sophisticated novel of psychological suspense that recalls the best of Hitchcock.

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Senior Cafe
Apr
16
1:00 PM13:00

Senior Cafe

The City of Woodstock invites seniors to drop in at the Stage Left Café (next to the Opera House) every Tuesday for coffee and more! Each week will bring a special activity, speaker, food or game. Take this opportunity to get out and socialize with your friends or just hang out and learn about your community.

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Original Open Mic Party
Apr
18
7:30 PM19:30

Original Open Mic Party

A Place to Shine Music and Off Square Music have teamed up to produce an evening of original work by local and regional songwriters, poets, storytellers and composers on the third Thursday of every month. Artists perform in 10 minute slots. The event is hosted by Cassandra Vohs-Demann and Keith Johnson. 

Advanced Sign-Up Required / All Levels Welcome
To sign up, please email or call Cassandra Vohs-Demann at (847) 507-1352

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Frankenstein - A Live Theatre Broadcast
Apr
20
7:00 PM19:00

Frankenstein - A Live Theatre Broadcast

Join us for A Live Theatre Broadcast of Frankenstein starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller and directed by Danny Boyle. Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Met with cruelty wherever he goes, the increasingly desperate and vengeful Creature determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal. Scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic tale.

Learn More & Purchase Tickets Here!


Upcoming Live Theatre Broadcasts:

Macbeth - Sunday, April 28 at 2pm
The Madness of George III - Friday, May 17 at 7pm
Coriolanus - Saturday, May 25 at 7pm
Antony & Cleopatra - Saturday, June 1 at 7pm
King Lear - Sunday, June 16 at 2pm
All About Eve - Saturday, July 6 at 7pm
The Tempest - Saturday, July 27 at 7pm
Carmen Suite / Petrushka (Bolshoi Ballet) - Saturday, August 3 at 7pm
Hamlet - Sunday, August 25 at 2pm
The Audience - Sunday, September 8 at 2pm

Subscription Packages Available.

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Senior Cafe
Apr
23
1:00 PM13:00

Senior Cafe

The City of Woodstock invites seniors to drop in at the Stage Left Café (next to the Opera House) every Tuesday for coffee and more! Each week will bring a special activity, speaker, food or game. Take this opportunity to get out and socialize with your friends or just hang out and learn about your community.

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Singin' in the Rain - Movie & Trivia
Apr
24
6:45 PM18:45

Singin' in the Rain - Movie & Trivia

Join us for Movies at the Opera House for this screening of Singin’ in the Rain! When the transition is being made from silent films to `talkies', everyone has trouble adapting. Don and Lina have been cast repeatedly as a romantic couple, but when their latest film is remade into a musical, only Don has the voice for the new singing part. After a lot of practice with a diction coach, Lina still sounds terrible, and Kathy, a bright young aspiring actress, is hired to record over her voice.

Trivia at 6:45pm
Screening at 7pm

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Woodstock Fine Arts Association Talent Showcase
Apr
25
5:30 PM17:30

Woodstock Fine Arts Association Talent Showcase

Please join WFAA for this showcase of inspiring talent featuring accomplished and talented young people from McHenry County presented by the Woodstock Fine Arts Association in honor of Helen Wright. Following the performances, meet and congratulate the 2019 WFAA scholarship recipients at a festive reception. Admission is free.

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Open Mic Night
Apr
26
to Apr 27

Open Mic Night

Join us for Off Square Music’s Open Mic Night on the second and fourth Fridays each month! The evening begins at 7pm and runs until around midnight with performers playing 15-minute slots. The featured performer is on from 8:30-9pm.

To sign up, contact Keith Johnson at (815) 338-5164.

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Michael Smith
Apr
26
7:30 PM19:30

Michael Smith

Come see Michael Smith, Master of the Story Song! Steve Goodman had recorded "The Dutchman," and Chicago music lovers were discovering other of Smith's songs. Michael and Barbara relocated to the windy city and became regulars at venues such as The Earl of Old Town, Somebody Else's Troubles, Holstein's, No Exit and Orphan's. They played the Philadelphia Folk Festival, worked with Corky Siegel and John Prine, taught at the Old Town School of Folk Music, organized a benefit in commemoration of their friend Gamble Rogers and separately and together continued to record. In the late 1980's Michael was asked to write the music for the Steppenwolf production of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, and he toured with that production for two years: Chicago, La Jolla, London, England, finally Broadway, (the Cort Theatre— where the Marx Brothers played) and was thrilled by two Antoinette Perry awards (Tonys) for that production.

Learn More Here!

$15 suggested donation.
For reservations contact Keith Johnson: (815) 338-5164 / offsquare@gmail.com.

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Spring Has Sprung Food & Wine Pairing Dinner
Apr
27
6:00 PM18:00

Spring Has Sprung Food & Wine Pairing Dinner

  • Loyola University Retreat & Ecology Campus (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Celebrate LUREC’s Green House spring offerings! At this Chef Demonstration a wine reception with passed hors d’ oeuvres will be proceeded by a five-course dinner paired with delectable wines.

Upcoming Culinary Classes & Chef Demonstrations at LUREC:

Mother’s Day High Tea / Saturday, May 11, 11am-2pm
Pinn-Oak Ridge Farm Lamb Wine Dinner / Saturday, June 8, 6-9pm

Learn More & Register Here!

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Jimmy Webb
Apr
27
8:00 PM20:00

Jimmy Webb

A four-time Grammy Award winner, Webb is also the Chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Vice Chair of ASCAP, and a recipient of the prestigious Johnny Mercer and Ivor Novella International awards. The illustrious songwriter continues to charm audiences with his music and storytelling, full of humor, humility and warmth, about how as a 16-year-old former farm boy he found himself a star in Hollywood surrounded by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Glen Campbell, and Elvis.

Webb’s songs have been recorded by Glen Campbell, Frank Sinatra, Linda Ronstadt, Art Garfunkel, Johnny Cash, James Taylor, Barbra Streisand, Michael Feinstein, R.E.M., Josh Groban, and Donna Summer.

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Historic Woodstock Houses Tour
Apr
28
1:00 PM13:00

Historic Woodstock Houses Tour

This walking tour will highlight the growth of homes, wealthy and not so wealthy, in early Woodstock. European and American architectural styles will be discussed and historical gossip and tales of the past will be included. Tour departs from the Woodstock Public Library’s front entrance.

Register online, by phone at (815) 338-0542 or in person at the Woodstock Public Library (414 West Judd Street).

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Macbeth - A Live Theatre Broadcast
Apr
28
2:00 PM14:00

Macbeth - A Live Theatre Broadcast

Join us for a Live Theatre Broadcast of Macbeth starring Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff and directed by Rufus Norris. Shakespeare’s most intense and terrifying tragedy explores the damaging physical and psychological effects of political ambition on those who seek power for its own sake, set in the ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war, in a ravaged world where everyone is ruthlessly fighting to survive. Here we meet the Macbeths, a couple propelled towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness.

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Upcoming Live Theatre Broadcasts:

The Madness of George III - Friday, May 17 at 7pm
Coriolanus - Saturday, May 25 at 7pm
Antony & Cleopatra - Saturday, June 1 at 7pm
King Lear - Sunday, June 16 at 2pm
All About Eve - Saturday, July 6 at 7pm
The Tempest - Saturday, July 27 at 7pm
Carmen Suite / Petrushka (Bolshoi Ballet) - Saturday, August 3 at 7pm
Hamlet - Sunday, August 25 at 2pm
The Audience - Sunday, September 8 at 2pm

Subscription Packages Available.

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Senior Cafe
Apr
30
1:00 PM13:00

Senior Cafe

The City of Woodstock invites seniors to drop in at the Stage Left Café (next to the Opera House) every Tuesday for coffee and more! Each week will bring a special activity, speaker, food or game. Take this opportunity to get out and socialize with your friends or just hang out and learn about your community.

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Life Drawing
May
1
5:30 PM17:30

Life Drawing

Join us for life drawing every Wednesday evening from 5:30-8:30pm as well as on select Saturdays. There will be both nude and clothed models. All skill levels are welcome and additional instruction is available!

$17 Per Session / Bulk Discounts Available

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Heartache Tonight
May
4
8:00 PM20:00

Heartache Tonight

Join us for Heartache Tonight, An Eagles Concert Experience! From the powerful guitar duel in “Hotel California” to the shimmering harmonies of “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” Heartache Tonight delivers a true Eagles concert experience. A Heartache Tonight concert is filled with moments designed to thrill classic rock fans: the soaring a capella harmonies of “Seven Bridges Road,” the snarling guitars of “Life in the Fast Lane,” the authentic country rock of “Take it Easy” and the beautifully evocative “Heart of the Matter.”  Close your eyes and you’ll swear your hearing the real thing.

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Magic at the Cafe with Dennis Christie
May
4
8:00 PM20:00

Magic at the Cafe with Dennis Christie

Join us for a mystical night of illusions, perfect for families, date night or just a fun night out with friends every first Saturday of the month.

Dennis Christie M.D. (Master Deceptionist) amazes both young and old with his jaw-dropping performances. He’s won over scores of people with his fun-loving, laid back and approachable personality. His mentalism skills, illusions and close-up magic leave people mind-blown! Join Dennis for an evening of close-up magic, drinks and fun at the Stage Left Cafe.

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Historic Woodstock Square Tour
May
5
1:00 PM13:00

Historic Woodstock Square Tour

This walking tour will highlight the beginnings and growth of the Woodstock Square and the characters who established it. Learn how fire played a heavy hand in the development of the Square and the architectural designs that rose from the ashes. Tour departs from the Springhouse on the Woodstock Square.

Register online, by phone at (815) 338-0542 or in person at the Woodstock Public Library (414 West Judd Street).

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Legends of Rock
May
5
3:00 PM15:00

Legends of Rock

Come celebrate the Legends of Rock! Join the Woodstock Community Choir for their five year anniversary concert as they perform some of the greatest Rock hits. Artists include Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Pink Floyd, Queen, Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones, Journey, Tina Turner, Led Zeppelin and more!

Free to the Public / Donations Accepted

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Senior Cafe
May
7
1:00 PM13:00

Senior Cafe

The City of Woodstock invites seniors to drop in at the Stage Left Café (next to the Opera House) every Tuesday for coffee and more! Each week will bring a special activity, speaker, food or game. Take this opportunity to get out and socialize with your friends or just hang out and learn about your community.

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Life Drawing
May
8
5:30 PM17:30

Life Drawing

Join us for life drawing every Wednesday evening from 5:30-8:30pm as well as on select Saturdays. There will be both nude and clothed models. All skill levels are welcome and additional instruction is available!

$17 Per Session / Bulk Discounts Available

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Open Mic Night
May
10
to May 11

Open Mic Night

Join us for Off Square Music’s Open Mic Night on the second and fourth Fridays each month! The evening begins at 7pm and runs until around midnight with performers playing 15-minute slots. The featured performer is on from 8:30-9pm.

To sign up, contact Keith Johnson at (815) 338-5164.

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John Primer & the Real Deal Band
May
10
8:00 PM20:00

John Primer & the Real Deal Band

Come see John Primer, a Chicago Blues Living Legend! As the bandleader and lead guitarist for Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Magic Slim & The Teardrops, John Primer's virtuosity as a blues musician was forged by legends. John Primer has undisputedly helped build the sound and style of Chicago blues as we know it today. The echos of tradition bellowing from the birthplaces he played such as: Maxwell Street, Theresa's, Checkerboard and Rosa's Lounges, pulse from every chord in his fingers today.

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Pioneer Cemetery Tour
May
11
9:00 AM09:00

Pioneer Cemetery Tour

This early settlers’ cemetery is located on rural West South Street. This walk will cover Civil War soldiers, other military personnel and early settlers. Parking is limited and will be directly off the South Street road and off the road next to the Cemetery. Tour departs from Pioneer Cemetery (located at approximately 15600 West South Street).

Register online, by phone at (815) 338-0542 or in person at the Woodstock Public Library (414 West Judd Street).

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Red Rose Ragtime Band
May
11
8:00 PM20:00

Red Rose Ragtime Band

The Red Rose Ragtime Band was formed in 1981 by percussionist Mike Schwimmer and pianist/arranger Joan Reynolds. They specialize in ragtime for the 7-piece jazz band format and their concerts present a potpourri of musical Americana, straight from the roots of our animated musical heritage - ragtime, blues and jazz as well as pop selections from the 1920s - 1930s. Violinist Will Ejzak-Reynolds will join pianist Joan Reynolds for some piano/violin duets during the program.

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The Leslie Sister Duo
May
11
8:00 PM20:00

The Leslie Sister Duo

The Leslie Sisters return home to Woodstock to perform together for the first time. This captivating vocal and instrumental duo performs anything from Broadway hits to classical favorites to tango, whilst sharing delightful stories about growing up as part of the Von Tripp Family Singers and the Leslie’s Three. The concert will feature Regina on vocals and violin and Kirsten, on vocals and piano.

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The Divide
May
13
1:00 PM13:00

The Divide

Second Monday Film Club presents The Divide at Classic Cinemas Woodstock Theatre. The Divide is an unconventional western, set in 1976, that delves into Alzheimer's at a time when very little was known about the disease.

Showtimes:
Matinee at 1pm
Evening at 7pm

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Senior Cafe
May
14
1:00 PM13:00

Senior Cafe

The City of Woodstock invites seniors to drop in at the Stage Left Café (next to the Opera House) every Tuesday for coffee and more! Each week will bring a special activity, speaker, food or game. Take this opportunity to get out and socialize with your friends or just hang out and learn about your community.

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The Creation of Guys and Dolls
May
14
7:00 PM19:00

The Creation of Guys and Dolls

Join us for The Creation of Guys and Dolls! Musical Theatre historian Charles Troy's multimedia presentation is both entertaining and educational, and filled with surprising twists! Troy's shows have been embraced by audiences nationwide since 2006, and combine scans of rare photos, original graphics, edited audio tracks and video clips, live performers and a scripted narrative.

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Original Open Mic Party
May
16
7:30 PM19:30

Original Open Mic Party

A Place to Shine Music and Off Square Music have teamed up to produce an evening of original work by local and regional songwriters, poets, storytellers and composers on the third Thursday of every month. Artists perform in 10 minute slots. The event is hosted by Cassandra Vohs-Demann and Keith Johnson. 

Advanced Sign-Up Required / All Levels Welcome
To sign up, please email or call Cassandra Vohs-Demann at (847) 507-1352

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The Madness of George III - A Live Theatre Broadcast
May
17
7:00 PM19:00

The Madness of George III - A Live Theatre Broadcast

Join us for A Live Theatre Broadcast of The Madness of George III starring Mark Gatiss and Adrian Scarborough, written by Adam Penford and directed by Alan Bennett. Set in 1788, King George III (played by Mark Gatiss) is the most powerful man in the world. However, his behavior is becoming increasingly erratic; and his mind unravels at a dramatic pace. As the Queen (played by Debra Gillett) and Prime Minister (played by Nicholas Bishop) attempt to hide the king’s illness from his subjects, royal doctors – among them Dr Willis (played by Adrian Scarborough) – hopelessly squabble over the correct cure, subjecting him to torturous medical treatments. Ambitious politicians and the scheming prince begin a power struggle, endangering the stability of the crown.

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Upcoming Live Theatre Broadcasts:

Coriolanus - Saturday, May 25 at 7pm
Antony & Cleopatra - Saturday, June 1 at 7pm
King Lear - Sunday, June 16 at 2pm
All About Eve - Saturday, July 6 at 7pm
The Tempest - Saturday, July 27 at 7pm
Carmen Suite / Petrushka (Bolshoi Ballet) - Saturday, August 3 at 7pm
Hamlet - Sunday, August 25 at 2pm
The Audience - Sunday, September 8 at 2pm

Subscription Packages Available.

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Dennis Christie - Master Deceptionist
May
18
7:00 PM19:00

Dennis Christie - Master Deceptionist

Come experience a sense of child-like wonder as the lines of reality are blurred before your eyes! Dennis Christie M.D. (Master Deceptionist) amazes both young and old with his jaw-dropping performances. He’s won over scores of people with his fun-loving, laid back and approachable personality. His mentalism skills, illusions and close-up magic leave people mind-blown!

Dennis captivates audiences all around the country at events both big and small. He has been investigating the Art of Truth and Deception for over 20 years and was the In-house Magician at Key Lime Cove Indoor Waterpark Resort for over 5 years. The show is family friendly and suitable for all ages but will be best understood and most enjoyed by mature children, teens and adults.

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Battle Against Buckthorn & Its Buddies: How-To For Homeowners
May
20
6:30 PM18:30

Battle Against Buckthorn & Its Buddies: How-To For Homeowners

Want some practical tips on how to rid your property of invasive tree species such as buckthorn and honeysuckle? Join Sarah Michehl from The Land Conservancy to learn how to control these species, as well as native tree and shrub replacement recommendations. Attendees will also learn about the Conservation@Home program and how our local native flora can make a difference to the ecological health of McHenry County.

Register online, by phone at (815) 338-0542 or in person at the Woodstock Public Library (414 West Judd Street).

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Senior Cafe
May
21
1:00 PM13:00

Senior Cafe

The City of Woodstock invites seniors to drop in at the Stage Left Café (next to the Opera House) every Tuesday for coffee and more! Each week will bring a special activity, speaker, food or game. Take this opportunity to get out and socialize with your friends or just hang out and learn about your community.

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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory - Movie & Trivia
May
22
6:45 PM18:45

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory - Movie & Trivia

Join us for Movies at the Opera House for this screening of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. A sweet boy from a poor family dreams of finding one of five golden tickets hidden inside chocolate bar wrappers which will admit him to the eccentric and reclusive Willy Wonka's magical factory. One after another, tickets are discovered by ghastly children - but will the lad find the last remaining one and have all his dreams come true?

Trivia at 6:45pm
Screening at 7pm

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Open Mic Night
May
24
to May 25

Open Mic Night

Join us for Off Square Music’s Open Mic Night on the second and fourth Fridays each month! The evening begins at 7pm and runs until around midnight with performers playing 15-minute slots. The featured performer is on from 8:30-9pm.

To sign up, contact Keith Johnson at (815) 338-5164.

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Oakland Cemetery Mausoleum, Military Burials and Childrens' Home Plots Tour
May
25
9:00 AM09:00

Oakland Cemetery Mausoleum, Military Burials and Childrens' Home Plots Tour

The library will conduct a tour of military personnel in and around the Mausoleum. Following will be a tour of the recently dedicated Children’s Home Area. Tour departs from the Olson School Parking Lot (720 West Judd Street).

Register online, by phone at (815) 338-0542 or in person at the Woodstock Public Library (414 West Judd Street).

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Coriolanus - A Live Theatre Broadcast
May
25
7:00 PM19:00

Coriolanus - A Live Theatre Broadcast

Join us for A Live Theatre Broadcast of Coriolanus starring Andre Sills and Directed by Robert Lepage. Lepage is a genre-defying theatre artist and Sills, “a magnetic and imposing actor” (The New York Times). The stellar cast delivers “performances that send shivers down the spine” (The Globe and Mail). Lepage takes the story of the rise and fall of a legendary general who must face off against the angry Roman mob and infuses it with the energy of Occupy Wall Street and the Arab Spring. 

“By resetting dialogue-heavy scenes as talk radio gabfests and representing the uninformed mob as anonymous voices on social media, Robert Lepage helps clarify Shakespeare’s portrait of a world, like ours, overwhelmed with insincerity” (The New York Times). He “wrangles a difficult play into a heart-stopping narrative” (Chicago Tribune), “rendering a clear and cinematic version that’s riveting, invigorating and smart” (The Globe and Mail). “Rarely has Lepage’s reputation as a cinematic theatremaker been more earned” (Toronto Star).

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Upcoming Live Theatre Broadcasts:

Antony & Cleopatra - Saturday, June 1 at 7pm
King Lear - Sunday, June 16 at 2pm
All About Eve - Saturday, July 6 at 7pm
The Tempest - Saturday, July 27 at 7pm
Carmen Suite / Petrushka (Bolshoi Ballet) - Saturday, August 3 at 7pm
Hamlet - Sunday, August 25 at 2pm
The Audience - Sunday, September 8 at 2pm

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Antony & Cleopatra - A Live Theatre Broadcast
Jun
1
7:00 PM19:00

Antony & Cleopatra - A Live Theatre Broadcast

Join us for A Live Theatre Broadcast of Antony & Cleopatra starring Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo and directed by Simon Godwin. Caesar and his assassins are dead. General Mark Antony now rules alongside his fellow defenders of Rome. But at the fringes of a war-torn empire the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony have fallen fiercely in love. In a tragic fight between devotion and duty, obsession becomes a catalyst for war.

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Upcoming Live Theatre Broadcasts:

King Lear - Sunday, June 16 at 2pm
All About Eve - Saturday, July 6 at 7pm
The Tempest - Saturday, July 27 at 7pm
Carmen Suite / Petrushka (Bolshoi Ballet) - Saturday, August 3 at 7pm
Hamlet - Sunday, August 25 at 2pm
The Audience - Sunday, September 8 at 2pm

Subscription Packages Available.

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Magic at the Cafe with Dennis Christie
Jun
1
8:00 PM20:00

Magic at the Cafe with Dennis Christie

Join us for a mystical night of illusions, perfect for families, date night or just a fun night out with friends every first Saturday of the month.

Dennis Christie M.D. (Master Deceptionist) amazes both young and old with his jaw-dropping performances. He’s won over scores of people with his fun-loving, laid back and approachable personality. His mentalism skills, illusions and close-up magic leave people mind-blown! Join Dennis for an evening of close-up magic, drinks and fun at the Stage Left Cafe.

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Life Drawing
Jun
5
5:30 PM17:30

Life Drawing

Join us for life drawing every Wednesday evening from 5:30-8:30pm as well as on select Saturdays. There will be both nude and clothed models. All skill levels are welcome and additional instruction is available!

$17 Per Session / Bulk Discounts Available

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Broadway Now
Jun
8
8:00 PM20:00

Broadway Now

Return to Broadway with Broadway Now, A Cabaret of Current Broadway Hits! Featuring a collection of songs from recent Broadway hits, join our performers as we celebrate the resilience of the human spirit in true musical theatre fashion! Directed by Billy Seger.

More Information to Come!

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Open Mic Night
Jun
14
to Jun 15

Open Mic Night

Join us for Off Square Music’s Open Mic Night on the second and fourth Fridays each month! The evening begins at 7pm and runs until around midnight with performers playing 15-minute slots. The featured performer is on from 8:30-9pm.

To sign up, contact Keith Johnson at (815) 338-5164.

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A Few Good Men
Jun
14
to Jun 30

A Few Good Men

This Broadway hit about the trial of two Marines for complicity in the death of a fellow Marine at Guantanamo Bay sizzles on stage. The Navy lawyer, a callow young man more interested in softball games than the case, expects a plea bargain and a cover-up of what really happened. Prodded by a female member of his defense team, the lawyer eventually makes a valiant effort to defend his clients and, in so doing, puts the military mentality and the Marine code of honor on trial.

Showtimes:
Friday, June 14 at 8pm
Saturday, June 15 at 8pm
Friday, June 21 at 8pm
Saturday, June 22 at 8pm
Sunday, June 23 at 2pm
Friday, June 28 at 8pm
Saturday, June 29 at 8pm
Sunday, June 30 at 2pm

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King Lear - A Live Theatre Broadcast
Jun
16
2:00 PM14:00

King Lear - A Live Theatre Broadcast

Join us for A Live Theatre Broadcast of King Lear starring Ian McKellan and directed by Jonathan Munby. Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, King Lear sees two aging fathers – one a King, one his courtier – reject the children who truly love them. Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with bitter ends.

Chichester Festival Theatre’s production received five-star reviews for its sell-out run, and transfers to the West End for a limited season. Jonathan Munby directs this ‘nuanced and powerful’ (The Times) contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving and shocking play.

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Upcoming Live Theatre Broadcasts:

All About Eve - Saturday, July 6 at 7pm
The Tempest - Saturday, July 27 at 7pm
Carmen Suite / Petrushka (Bolshoi Ballet) - Saturday, August 3 at 7pm
Hamlet - Sunday, August 25 at 2pm
The Audience - Sunday, September 8 at 2pm

Subscription Packages Available.

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The Creation of Cabaret
Jun
18
7:00 PM19:00

The Creation of Cabaret

Join us for The Creation of Cabaret! Musical Theatre historian Charles Troy's multimedia presentation is both entertaining and educational, and filled with surprising twists! Troy's shows have been embraced by audiences nationwide since 2006, and combine scans of rare photos, original graphics, edited audio tracks and video clips, live performers and a scripted narrative.

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Original Open Mic Party
Jun
20
7:30 PM19:30

Original Open Mic Party

A Place to Shine Music and Off Square Music have teamed up to produce an evening of original work by local and regional songwriters, poets, storytellers and composers on the third Thursday of every month. Artists perform in 10 minute slots. The event is hosted by Cassandra Vohs-Demann and Keith Johnson. 

Advanced Sign-Up Required / All Levels Welcome
To sign up, please email or call Cassandra Vohs-Demann at (847) 507-1352

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Newsies - Movie & Trivia
Jun
20
8:00 PM20:00

Newsies - Movie & Trivia

Join us for Movies at the Opera House, for this screening of Newsies. This special screening will be free and take place on the Woodstock Square! In this musical, homeless New York City newsboy Jack "Cowboy" Kelly (Christian Bale) befriends two newcomers to his trade, brothers David (David Moscow) and Les Jacobs (Luke Edwards). When publisher Joseph Pulitzer (Robert Duvall) sets new rules that make it harder for the young newspaper salesmen to make a buck, the boys go on strike. Bryan Denton (Bill Pullman), a journalist who's sympathetic to their plight, gives them some tips in public relations, as the newsboys' battle grips the city.

Trivia at 8:00pm
Screening at 8:30pm

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All About Eve - A Live Theatre Broadcast
Jul
6
7:00 PM19:00

All About Eve - A Live Theatre Broadcast

Join us for A Live Theatre Broadcast of All About Eve starring Gillian Anderson and Lily James and directed by Ivo Van Hove. All About Eve tells the story of Margo Channing. Legend. True star of the theatre. The spotlight is hers, always has been. But now there’s Eve, her biggest fan. Young, beautiful Eve. The golden girl, the girl next door. But you know all about Eve…don’t you…?

Lifting the curtain on a world of jealousy and ambition, this new production, from one of the world's most innovative theatre directors, Ivo van Hove (NT Live: A View from the Bridge), asks why our fascination with celebrity, youth and identity never seems to get old.

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Upcoming Live Theatre Broadcasts:

The Tempest - Saturday, July 27 at 7pm
Carmen Suite / Petrushka (Bolshoi Ballet) - Saturday, August 3 at 7pm
Hamlet - Sunday, August 25 at 2pm
The Audience - Sunday, September 8 at 2pm

Subscription Packages Available.

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The Creation of Showboat
Jul
16
7:00 PM19:00

The Creation of Showboat

Join us for The Creation of Showboat! Musical Theatre historian Charles Troy's multimedia presentation is both entertaining and educational, and filled with surprising twists! Troy's shows have been embraced by audiences nationwide since 2006, and combine scans of rare photos, original graphics, edited audio tracks and video clips, live performers and a scripted narrative.

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Jumanji - Welcome to the Jungle - Movie & Trivia
Jul
18
6:45 PM18:45

Jumanji - Welcome to the Jungle - Movie & Trivia

Join us for Movies at the Opera House, for this screening of Jumanji - Welcome to the Jungle. This special screening will be free and take place on the Woodstock Square! Four high school kids discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game's jungle setting, literally becoming the adult avatars they chose. What they discover is that you don't just play Jumanji - you must survive it. To beat the game and return to the real world, they'll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, discover what Alan Parrish left 20 years ago, and change the way they think about themselves - or they'll be stuck in the game forever.

Trivia at 6:45pm
Screening at 7pm

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The Tempest - A Live Theatre Broadcast
Jul
27
7:00 PM19:00

The Tempest - A Live Theatre Broadcast

Join us for a Live Theatre Broadcast of The Tempest starring Martha Henry and directed by Antoni Cimolino. In Shakespeare’s great drama of loss and reconciliation, a long-deposed ruler uses magical arts to bring within her power the enemies who robbed her of her throne and marooned her on a remote island. But what revenge does she mean to take?

“Magic is in the air” (Broadway World) in the Stratford Festival’s latest production of Shakespeare’s final masterpiece, The Tempest, “an elaborate production with eye-popping costumes” (The New York Times). “The real magic and grandeur come from Martha Henry as Prospero” (The New York Times). She is “one of the true greats” (Chicago Tribune), giving a performance full of “passion and power” (The Globe and Mail). “She’s riveting from her first moments on stage” (Postmedia). “The poetry emerging from her lips is something to behold” (Now Magazine).

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Upcoming Live Theatre Broadcasts:

Carmen Suite / Petrushka (Bolshoi Ballet) - Saturday, August 3 at 7pm
Hamlet - Sunday, August 25 at 2pm
The Audience - Sunday, September 8 at 2pm

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AudioDrive
Jul
27
to Jul 28

AudioDrive

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Join us for some Rock N Roll and see AudioDrive live! AudioDrive covers Journey, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Van Halen, Firehouse, Starship, Whitesnake and many more great bands from the 70s and 80s through today! They shine with excellent vocals, killer guitars and a thunderous rhythm section that knows no bounds. The band invites the audience to become part of every show. From dancing onstage to singing with the band, every night is filled with energy and excitement!

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Carmen Suite / Petrushka (Bolshoi Ballet) - A Live Theatre Broadcast
Aug
3
7:00 PM19:00

Carmen Suite / Petrushka (Bolshoi Ballet) - A Live Theatre Broadcast

Join us for A Live Theatre Broadcast of Carmen Suite / Petrushka (Bolshoi Ballet). Music by Georges Bizet, Rodion Shchedrin and Igor Stravinsky. Choreography by Alberto Alonso and Edward Clug.

Carmen: Impetuous Carmen seduces Don José in order to convince him to let her out of jail. Once outside, she thinks she’s finally free before realizing that she’s in fact prisoner of a love triangle: she wants to be with the famous Torero Escamillo, but she can’t make Don José go away.

Petruska: At Saint-Petersburg’s carnival, three puppets are playing the same role over and over: the unhappy lover Petrushka, the coquette and a Moor. Fed up with this endless part that never goes well for him, Petrushka attacks his rival and flees from the puppets theater.

Bolshoi Ballet: The Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, was founded in 1776 and to this day remains a spearhead of Russian culture as one of the largest and most celebrated ballet companies in the world. For the 8th consecutive season, the Bolshoi Ballet opens its doors to viewers across the world to attend their outstanding performances in more than 1,700 cinemas internationally.

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Upcoming Live Theatre Broadcasts:

Hamlet - Sunday, August 25 at 2pm
The Audience - Sunday, September 8 at 2pm

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The Creation of Chicago
Aug
13
7:00 PM19:00

The Creation of Chicago

Join us for The Creation of Chicago! Musical Theatre historian Charles Troy's multimedia presentation is both entertaining and educational, and filled with surprising twists! Troy's shows have been embraced by audiences nationwide since 2006, and combine scans of rare photos, original graphics, edited audio tracks and video clips, live performers and a scripted narrative.

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The Blues Brothers - Movie & Trivia
Aug
22
8:00 PM20:00

The Blues Brothers - Movie & Trivia

Join us for Movies at the Opera House, for this screening of The Blues Brothers. This special screening will be free and take place outdoors on the Woodstock Square! After his release from prison, Jake (John Belushi) reunites with his brother, Elwood (Dan Aykroyd) -- collectively known as the "Blues Brothers." Jake's first task is to save the orphanage the brothers grew up in from closing, by raising $5,000 to pay back taxes. The two are convinced they can earn the money by getting their old band back together. However, after playing several gigs and making a few enemies, including the police, the brothers face daunting odds to deliver the money on time.

Trivia at 8:00pm
Screening at 8:30pm

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Hamlet - A Live Theatre Broadcast
Aug
25
2:00 PM14:00

Hamlet - A Live Theatre Broadcast

Join us for A Live Theatre Broadcast of Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch and directed by Lyndsey Turner. As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralyzed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state. Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, Doctor Strange) plays the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. Now seen by over 900,000 people worldwide, the original broadcast returns to mark National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday.

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Upcoming Live Theatre Broadcast:

The Audience - Sunday, September 8 at 2pm

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The Audience - A Live Theatre Broadcast
Sep
8
2:00 PM14:00

The Audience - A Live Theatre Broadcast

Join us for A Live Theatre Broadcast of The Audience starring Helen Mirren and directed by Stephen Daldry. For 60 years, Queen Elizabeth II has met with each of her 12 prime ministers in a private weekly meeting. This meeting is known as The Audience. No one knows what they discuss, not even their spouses. From the old warrior Winston Churchill, to Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher and finally David Cameron, the Queen advises her prime ministers on all matters both public and personal. Through these private audiences, we see glimpses of the woman behind the crown and witness the moments that shaped a monarch.

Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren (The Queen), plays Queen Elizabeth II in the Tony Award®-winning production of The Audience. Captured live from London’s West End in 2013, the original broadcast returns to mark National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday.

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The Creation of Wicked
Sep
17
7:00 PM19:00

The Creation of Wicked

Join us for The Creation of Wicked! Musical Theatre historian Charles Troy's multimedia presentation is both entertaining and educational, and filled with surprising twists! Troy's shows have been embraced by audiences nationwide since 2006, and combine scans of rare photos, original graphics, edited audio tracks and video clips, live performers and a scripted narrative.

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Rent - Movie & Trivia
Sep
18
6:45 PM18:45

Rent - Movie & Trivia

Join us for Movies at the Opera House for this screening of Rent! In this musical, set at the dawn of the 1990s, a group of New Yorkers struggle with their careers, love lives and the effects of the AIDS epidemic on their community. Mark (Anthony Rapp), an aspiring filmmaker, and Roger (Adam Pascal), an HIV-positive musician, scramble for money to pay rent to their landlord and former roommate, Benny (Taye Diggs). Meanwhile, their friend Tom (Jesse L. Martin), a professor, has fallen for Angel (Wilson Jermaine Heredia), who is slowly dying of AIDS.

Trivia at 6:45pm
Screening at 7pm

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Little Shop of Horrors - Movie & Trivia
Oct
30
6:45 PM18:45

Little Shop of Horrors - Movie & Trivia

Join us for Movies at the Opera House for this screening of Little Shop of Horrors. Meek flower shop assistant Seymour (Rick Moranis) pines for co-worker Audrey (Ellen Greene). During a total eclipse, he discovers an unusual plant he names Audrey II, which feeds only on human flesh and blood. The growing plant attracts a great deal of business for the previously struggling store. After Seymour feeds Audrey's boyfriend, Orin (Steve Martin), to the plant after Orin's accidental death, he must come up with more bodies for the increasingly bloodthirsty plant.

Trivia at 6:45pm
Screening at 7pm

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Elf - Movie & Trivia
Nov
27
6:45 PM18:45

Elf - Movie & Trivia

Join us for Movies at the Opera House for this screening of Elf! Buddy (Will Ferrell) was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa's elves. Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn't fit in, the adult Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform, in search of his real father. As it happens, this is Walter Hobbs (James Caan), a cynical businessman. After a DNA test proves this, Walter reluctantly attempts to start a relationship with the childlike Buddy with increasingly chaotic results.

Trivia at 6:45pm
Screening at 7pm

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Polar Express - Movie & Trivia
Dec
4
6:45 PM18:45

Polar Express - Movie & Trivia

Join us for Movies at the Opera House for this screening of Polar Express! Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis ("Forrest Gump"; "Cast Away") reunite for "Polar Express," an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children's book by Chris Van Allsburg. When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

Trivia at 6:45pm
Screening at 7pm

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White Christmas (A Sing Along) - Movie & Trivia
Dec
18
6:45 PM18:45

White Christmas (A Sing Along) - Movie & Trivia

Join us for Movies at the Opera House for this special sing along screening of White Christmas. With all the lyrics on screen, you’ll be able to dream of a White Christmas right alongside Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney in the beloved 1954 film.

In this classic film, two popular song-and-dance duos - Wallace & Davis and The Haynes Sisters - fall in love while helping an old friend save his Vermont lodge. Sing along with Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen at these special screenings of this beloved Christmas classic. 

Trivia at 6:45pm
Screening at 7pm

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Bill Camplin Band
Mar
22
7:30 PM19:30

Bill Camplin Band

Join us for the Bill Camplin Band. Bill Camplin is proprietor (along with Kitty Welch) of the "World Famous" Café Carpe in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. Bill and Kitty began the club in 1985 as a listening space in which he and others of his ilk love to play. Bill is a singer/songwriter and acoustic guitarist, playing professionally in the Milwaukee area since the late 1960s. Bill writes and arranges his own material and has produced a considerable body of work. He has been an integral part of the Milwaukee acoustic folk scene for many years.

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The Event
Bill & The Band

$15 suggested donation.
For reservations contact Keith Johnson: (815) 338-5164 / offsquare@gmail.com.

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Original Open Mic Party
Mar
21
7:30 PM19:30

Original Open Mic Party

A Place to Shine Music and Off Square Music have teamed up to produce an evening of original work by local and regional songwriters, poets, storytellers and composers on the third Thursday of every month. Artists perform in 10 minute slots. The event is hosted by Cassandra Vohs-Demann and Keith Johnson. 

Advanced Sign-Up Required / All Levels Welcome
To sign up, please email or call Cassandra Vohs-Demann at (847) 507-1352

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AARP Smart Driver Course
Mar
21
to Mar 22

AARP Smart Driver Course

  • Woodstock Public Library (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Drivers 50 years and older are invited to attend this course to learn defensive driving techniques, proven safety strategies and new traffic laws and rules of the road. Light refreshments will be provided and attendees are welcome to bring a snack. The course meets Thursday, March 21 from 10am-2pm AND Friday, March 22 from 10am-2pm.

Register online, by phone at (815) 338-0542 or in person at the Woodstock Public Library (414 West Judd Street). The cost for this class is $15 for AARP members or $20 for nonmembers. Fees are payable by cash or check to the instructor at the first class. Participants must attend both days and may be eligible for a discount on their car insurance upon completion of the course.

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Hairspray - Movie & Trivia
Mar
20
6:45 PM18:45

Hairspray - Movie & Trivia

Join us for Movies at the Opera House for this screening of Hairspray! In 1960s Baltimore, dance-loving teen Tracy Turnblad auditions for a spot on "The Corny Collins Show" and wins. She becomes an overnight celebrity, a trendsetter in dance, fun and fashion. Perhaps her new status as a teen sensation is enough to topple Corny's reigning dance queen and bring racial integration to the show.

Trivia at 6:45pm
Screening at 7pm

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The Power of Facebook Live Workshop
Mar
20
6:00 PM18:00

The Power of Facebook Live Workshop

Are you looking to find a new way to reach your consumers and build a loyal following? Join Business Consultant Jean Kuhn for her seminar “The Power of Facebook Live.” Learn how to make content-rich videos in a matter of minutes with your phone, tablet or desktop to create fans and buy customers.

You’ll Learn How to:

  • Increase your customer reach

  • Retain clients that stay longer and spend more money

  • Get over 1000 views from your videos

  • Create instant credibility

  • Finally have fun with your marketing while making more money

This workshop is free to the public and is presented by Promote Woodstock and The Woodstock Chamber of Commerce.

Registration Required / Space Limited to First 50 Attendees
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World Film Night - The Third Murder
Mar
20
6:00 PM18:00

World Film Night - The Third Murder

World Film Night continues with the best of independent films from around the world. Join us this time for a screening of The Third Murder. World Film Night screenings are intended for adults and may contain adult situations and language.

Upcoming Films:

I Am Not a Witch - Wednesday, April 17
Antonio Lopez 1970 - Wednesday, May 15

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Life Drawing
Mar
20
5:30 PM17:30

Life Drawing

Join us for life drawing every Wednesday evening from 5:30-8:30pm as well as on select Saturdays. There will be both nude and clothed models. This session we’ll have Katlyn clothed in a wedding-style dress. It will provide a good opportunity to practice seeing how clothing falls on the body and to consider anatomy even when it’s obscured by fabric. All skill levels are welcome and additional instruction is available!

$17 Per Session / Bulk Discounts Available

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Senior Cafe
Mar
19
1:00 PM13:00

Senior Cafe

The City of Woodstock invites seniors to drop in at the Stage Left Café (next to the Opera House) every Tuesday for coffee and more! Each week will bring a special activity, speaker, food or game. Take this opportunity to get out and socialize with your friends or just hang out and learn about your community.

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Evening Book Club - Carnegie's Maid: A Novel by Marie Benedict
Mar
18
7:00 PM19:00

Evening Book Club - Carnegie's Maid: A Novel by Marie Benedict

Join us as we discuss Carnegie's Maid: A Novel by Marie Benedict. The Evening Book Club meets the third Monday of each month. New Members are always welcome!

Clara Kelley is not who they think she is. She's not the experienced Irish maid who was hired to work in one of Pittsburgh's grandest households. She's a poor farmer's daughter with nowhere to go and nothing in her pockets. But the other woman with the same name has vanished, and pretending to be her just might get Clara some money to send back home.

If she can keep up the ruse, that is. Serving as a lady's maid in the household of Andrew Carnegie requires skills she doesn't have, answering to an icy mistress who rules her sons and her domain with an iron fist. What Clara does have is a resolve as strong as the steel Pittsburgh is becoming famous for, coupled with an uncanny understanding of business, and Andrew begins to rely on her. But Clara can't let her guard down, not even when Andrew becomes something more than an employer. Revealing her past might ruin her future ― and her family's.

With captivating insight and heart, Carnegie's Maid tells the story of one brilliant woman who may have spurred Andrew Carnegie's transformation from ruthless industrialist into the world's first true philanthropist.

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Joe Robinson
Mar
17
7:00 PM19:00

Joe Robinson

Join us for Joe Robinson, an Australian guitar player and vocalist. A largely self-taught musician from Temagog, NSW, he is best known for his virtuoso guitar abilities and for winning the 2008 season of Australia's Got Talent. His unique musical sensibility consists of a unique fusion of rock, soul, blues, R&B and jazz. Robinson was voted “Best New Talent” in the Guitar Player Readers’ Poll and landed a coveted spot as one of Australian Guitar Magazine’s Top 50 Best Guitarists.

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St. Patrick’s Day Beer & Wine Pairing
Mar
16
6:00 PM18:00

St. Patrick’s Day Beer & Wine Pairing

  • Loyola University Retreat & Ecology Campus (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come celebrate the luck of the Irish! At this Chef Demonstration, a Wine & Beer reception with passed hors d’ oeuvres will be proceeded by a five-course dinner paired with delectable wines.

Upcoming Culinary Classes & Chef Demonstrations at LUREC:

Fresh Pasta Making 101 / Saturday, April 6, 11am-2pm
Spring Has Sprung Food & Wine Pairing Dinner / Saturday, April 27, 6-9pm
Mother’s Day High Tea / Saturday, May 11, 11am-2pm
Pinn-Oak Ridge Farm Lamb Wine Dinner / Saturday, June 8, 6-9pm

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Shamrocked Street Fest
Mar
16
to Mar 17

Shamrocked Street Fest

  • Benton Street Woodstock, Illinois 60098 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Get ready to grab your green, grab your friends and party like the Irish do! Like always, we'll be shutting down Benton Street and getting lucky for Woodstock’s all day St. Patrick's Day Shenanigans! There will be live music, a bags tournament, a heated tent, cold beer and more!

Performances by:
The Boy Band Night
Nashville Electric Company
Marc Esses & Danny Vintage
GOOROOS

$10 for Entry

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Life Drawing
Mar
16
9:00 AM09:00

Life Drawing

Join us for life drawing every Wednesday evening from 5:30-8:30pm as well as on select Saturdays. There will be both nude and clothed models. All skill levels are welcome and additional instruction is available! This session Katlyn will be modeling.

$17 Per Session / Bulk Discounts Available

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Chocolate, Craft Beer & Whiskey Pairing with Crystal Lake Brewing
Mar
15
7:00 PM19:00

Chocolate, Craft Beer & Whiskey Pairing with Crystal Lake Brewing

Join Ethereal Confections and Crystal Lake Brewing for a Craft Beer + Whiskey + Chocolate pairing here in Woodstock! 3 Boathouse Reserve beers will be featured paired with whiskey and chocolate. Come experience local chocolate and locally brewed beer with us! 

Space is Limited to 25 People / Must be 21 to Attend

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I Knit, You Knit,
 We Knit! Community Knit & Crochet Night
Mar
13
7:00 PM19:00

I Knit, You Knit,
 We Knit! Community Knit & Crochet Night

Join us at Ethereal Confections for a fun and free crochet/knit night! Beginners and seasoned veterans are all welcome. Bring your work in progress or start something new. Drink some yummy drinks, eat some yummy eats, get to know each other and crochet or knit at the same time!

Please note, this is not a knit/crochet class.

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Life Drawing
Mar
13
5:30 PM17:30

Life Drawing

Join us for life drawing every Wednesday evening from 5:30-8:30pm as well as on select Saturdays. There will be both nude and clothed models. All skill levels are welcome and additional instruction is available! This session we’ll have Jazmine posing nude.

$17 Per Session / Bulk Discounts Available

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Daytime Book Club - Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
Mar
13
12:30 PM12:30

Daytime Book Club - Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

Join us as we discuss Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri. The Daytime Book Club meets on the second Wednesday of each month and new members are always welcome!

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, this stunning debut collection unerring charts the emotional journeys of characters seeking love beyond the barriers of nations and generations. In stories that travel from India to America and back again, Lahiri speaks with universal eloquence to everyone who has ever felt like a foreigner.

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Senior Cafe
Mar
12
1:00 PM13:00

Senior Cafe

The City of Woodstock invites seniors to drop in at the Stage Left Café (next to the Opera House) every Tuesday for coffee and more! Each week will bring a special activity, speaker, food or game. Take this opportunity to get out and socialize with your friends or just hang out and learn about your community.

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Progressives Book Club - Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World by Anand Giridharadas
Mar
11
7:00 PM19:00

Progressives Book Club - Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World by Anand Giridharadas

Join us as we discuss Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World by Anand Giridharadas. The Progressives Book Club meets on the second Monday of every month with a focus on issues such as social justice, racial and income equality, fair immigration, LGBTQ rights and environmental activism to name a few. New members are always welcome!

Former New York Times columnist Anand Giridharadas takes us into the inner sanctums of a new gilded age, where the rich and powerful fight for equality and justice any way they can--except ways that threaten the social order and their position atop it. We see how they rebrand themselves as saviors of the poor; how they lavishly reward "thought leaders" who redefine "change" in winner-friendly ways; and how they constantly seek to do more good, but never less harm. We hear the limousine confessions of a celebrated foundation boss; witness an American president hem and haw about his plutocratic benefactors; and attend a cruise-ship conference where entrepreneurs celebrate their own self-interested magnanimity.

Giridharadas asks hard questions: Why, for example, should our gravest problems be solved by the unelected upper crust instead of the public institutions it erodes by lobbying and dodging taxes? He also points toward an answer: Rather than rely on scraps from the winners, we must take on the grueling democratic work of building more robust, egalitarian institutions and truly changing the world. A call to action for elites and everyday citizens alike.

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The Basics of Fair Use, Copyright & Media Sharing
Mar
11
6:00 PM18:00

The Basics of Fair Use, Copyright & Media Sharing

Ever wonder how copyrights, trademarks and fair use effect web content and social media sharing? Get the basic Do’s and Don’ts from local intellectual property attorney, Genna S. Hibbs. A little knowledge up front can reduce risk.

Register online, by phone at (815) 338-0542 or in person at the Woodstock Public Library (414 West Judd Street).