Community Corner: Exciting KAI events for the new year

By on January 9, 2014

by Maria Dripps-Paulson
Executive director, Kaneland Arts Initiative

The Kaneland Arts Initiative wishes everyone a Happy New Year filled with prosperity and joy, and invites everyone to its upcoming events of the new year in the Kaneland Auditorium.

As the Kaneland Arts Initiative (KAI, formerly the Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival) strives to promote professional quality arts in Kaneland, it is pleased to launch its inaugural performance of the Winter Theatre Production, “The Laramie Project,” presented by KAI in partnership with the Kindness Campaign. Performed in the Kaneland Black Box Theatre on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 24-26. “The Laramie Project” is a drama that depicts the account of the townspeople in Laramie, Wyo., after the tragic death of Matthew Shepherd.

Tickets are available for “The Laramie Project” by calling (630) 365-5100, ext. 180. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens. Seating is very limited in the Black Box Theatre at Kaneland High School, so KAI recommends advance ticket purchases. Tickets will be general admission seating. Please note: subject matter featured in “The Laramie Project” is sensitive, and appropriate age recommendations are for middle school aged students and older. The Kaneland Arts Initiative and the Kindness Campaign will lead a discussion after each performance for interested audience members.

Finally, KAI is pleased to welcome The Cavern Beat back to the Kaneland Auditorium on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m. with special guests, the Kaneland Harter Middle School MidKnight Special. The primary mission of The Cavern Beat is to bring to life the excitement of The Beatles’ original recordings and live performances from the Cavern Club era onwards. Critics the world over have agreed that the group has the sound, energy, and excitement of The Beatles, second to none. Ray Johnson of the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England, commented that The Cavern Beat has “the finest Beatles harmonies I have ever heard.”

Information on all KAI events is available at or by calling (630) 365-5100, ext. 180.

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