DeKalb day planner: Nov. 5

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The Ellwood Mansion is available for individuals to sign up for guided tours.

By Nick Glover, Lifestyle Writer

Editor’s note: The NIU School of Theatre and Dance will host its opening night of the play “God of Carnage” at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 9 instead of this Saturday. 

This Saturday, there will be events throughout the day. Here are some of the ones that stick out as ways to have fun this weekend and unwind after a stressful school week. 

History of Coca-Cola

The DeKalb Public Library, 309 Oak St., is hosting Dick Volker, a long-time Coca-Cola employee, who will be giving a talk on the history of Coca-Cola. 

The talk is from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Yusunas Meeting Room.

Volker is an avid collector of Coca-Cola paraphernalia and loves talking about the beverage.

The event is free to attend, and no registration is required. 

There will be free samples while supplies last, so be sure to get there early and ready to drink. 

Tour the Ellwood House Museum 

The historic Ellwood House is offering two sets of tours on Saturday. The first tour will begin at 1:00 p.m. and the second at 3:00 p.m.

The Ellwood House Museum, 420 Linden Place, was home to Isaac L. Ellwood, the first barbed wire entrepreneur, and was built after he amassed his fortune through barbed wire. 

Open for tours, the house is designed with historically accurate furniture. 

The tour will take visitors to places in the house that guests in Ellwood’s day would have never been able to see, such as the servants’ quarters. 

Tickets cost $10 and are available on eventbrite

The Magic of Bill Blagg Live!

Magician Bill Blagg will be performing at the Egyptian Theatre, 135 North Second St., at 7:00 p.m. 

Blagg has performed across the country, even headlining performances in Las Vegas. 

His form of magic combines illusions, personality and the audience.

Returning to DeKalb, Blagg will now take his magic to the audience, trying new interactive magic in this show. 

Tickets range from $25-$45 and are available on the Egyptian Theatre website. There is a $5 discount for students and children. 

“God of Carnage” Performance

The NIU School of Theatre and Dance is putting on a performance of the play “God of Carnage,” written by Yasmina Reza. 

The play starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Sally Stevens Theatre in the Stevens Building.

The play follows two sets of parents. After an injury of one family’s child caused by the other family’s child, the two sets of parents meet, and it soon devolves into chaos. By the end of the play, the parents seem to be acting like children too.

Tickets for the play are $7 for the public but free for NIU students. They will be available through the university ticketing website.