DeKalb’s weekend calender for Feb. 11

By Chris Krapek

DeKALB | If you’re not going home this weekend, celebrating Valentine’s Day early or questioning your existence during the Grammy awards, there’s plenty to do in DeKalb.

Here’s a list of the choice events going on in town this weekend:

What: The Memorandum

When: 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. on Sunday

Where: Stevens Building

How much: $8-15

Why: When’s the last time you’ve seen an absurdist Czech black comedy on the stage? The School of Theatre and Dance’s “The Memorandum” follows a playwright as he takes on corporate bureaucracy in an era of communism following World War II. It sounds pretty heavy, but fellow DeKalb Scene writer Troy Doetch said in his 4-star review that the play is “both accessible and relevant to today’s viewers.” This is the last weekend to check out “The Memorandum” and it may be your only opportunity to finally find out what being “Kafkaesque” means.


What: Lucky Boys Confusion

When: 9 p.m. on Saturday

Where: Otto’s Nightclub, 118 E. Lincoln Highway (21+)

How much: $12 in advance, $14 at the door

Why: If you have ever lived in DuPage County, listened to Q101 radio or had a pulse in the last decade, you probably know who Lucky Boys Confusion is. The politely punk quintet makes another return to DeKalb this weekend promoting nothing in particular. LBC, with an incredibly loyal fan base, will make you feel like it’s 2001 all over again.


What: Fred Hammond w/ the NIU Black Choir

When: 6:30 p.m. on Sunday

Where: Convocation Center

How much: $20.50-30.50

Why: Normally I would be cynical here; why isn’t the Convocation Center booking big acts for college students? But after finding out who Fred Hammond is and what he represents, I can’t do it. The man has sold 8 million records, won a Grammy and is a regular contributor to faith-based television shows. There’s obviously an audience, even though it may not be 18 to 22 year-olds. If you don’t dig contemporary gospel music, you can still check out the NIU Black Choir — a staple in DeKalb for 45 years.


What: Swampp Cat

When: 8 p.m. on Sunday

Where: The House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Highway

How much: TBA

Why: Word on the street is that you like to dance. If you’re not really down with dubstep or can’t do the “Dougie,” Wisconsin-bred Swampp Cat has got you covered. These dudes, who wear furry masks onstage, sound like an amalgam of Morris Day, Huey Lewis and the soundtrack inside a rave. Plus, according to the band’s Facebook page, Charlie Sheen will be in attendance on Sunday.