Come for the schooling, stay for the entertainment

By Chris Krapek

Hey you! Don’t go home today; there’s too much to do in DeKalb.

Seriously, if your suitcase is already packed and you’ve never spent a weekend cruising through the Barb City, you don’t know what you’re missing out on.

If you do decide to eliminate that 48 hour weekend voyage to your parent’s house, make the best out of your time here. Go out, do stuff and take it easy on the beer nuggets.

Here’s a list of all the choice things you should be doing in DeKalb this weekend:

1) “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”

When: Tonight at 8 p.m.

Where: The Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St.

How much: $10

Why: Seeing “The Rocky Horror Picture” show and the simultaneous live performance is a college memory burned deep into my brain. It’s incredible. Attendees don fishnets, the gaudiness levels rise, people are throwing stuff — sounds awesome, doesn’t it? Even if you can’t stand bizarre and macabre musicals about Transylvanian transsexuals, damn it Janet, it’s an experience you won’t forget.

2) “Agatha Christie’s ‘And Then There Were None'”

When: Tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m.

Where: The Stagecoach Theater, 126 S. Fifth St.

How much: $12 for adults, $10 for kids

Why: You know the story; ten people are in a mansion and one by one, they start getting whacked. It’s one of the most notable and often-copied works around. For 63 years, the Stagecoach Players have been putting on shows for the DeKalb County community. Unfortunately, for college students, it seems like the troupe is the best kept secret in town. If you’re curious about the local thespian scene (and why wouldn’t you be?), check out “And Then There Were None.”

3) The Giving Tree Band

When: Tonight at 9 p.m.

Where: The House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Highway

How much: $10

Why: Hailing from Chicagoland, The Giving Tree Band is an indie-folk group complete with an arsenal of banjos, ukuleles and glockenspiels. Formed by brothers Eric and Todd Fink, this eight-piece, environmentally friendly band recently released their third LP, “The Joke, The Threat, And The Obvious.” If you like the Neil Young album your dad plays, you’ll probably like The Giving Tree Band.