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Skateboarding, linedancing highlight this weekend’s events

By Jonathan Shelby, Lifestyle Writer | February 29, 2024

Editor’s note: If you want your event featured in next week’s Weekend Roundup, email information to [email protected] FRIDAY: Tote Bag Linoleum Block Print: 5 p.m. at Jubilee Artisans, 128 E. Lincoln Highway Vintage Hop and...

The Flame, 209 East Lincoln Highway, stands next to two hair salons in downtown DeKalb. The Flame opened its doors Jan. 15 and has extended to carry-outs during open hours, 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and closes an hour later Friday and Saturday. (Totus Tuus Keely | Northern Star)

New Greek restaurant brings good food, great times

By Caleb Johnson, Lifestyle Writer | February 28, 2024

As you approach the front of a restaurant, the sound of Greek music fills the air.  You open the door and the aromas hit your nostrils, transporting you to a different world.  With long white columns and large portraits, entering The Flame feels...

A hallway in the Stevens Building is full of supplies for the play Witch. Witch is the most recent play by NIUs School of Theatre and Dance. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Dark comedy ‘Witch’ brings laughs, contemplation

By Caleb Johnson, Lifestyle Writer | February 25, 2024

DeKALB – Hushed whispers filled the air as audiences waited with bated breath, then the stage was set and the crowd was taken back in time by the actor's stunning performance.  With painstaking detail, the cast and crew have recreated a slice of...

A margarita sits on the counter at Rositas in DeKalb. Rositas, along with the restaurants below, are great places to get a drink in DeKalb. (Gabby Crabtree | Northern Star)

Margaritas, happy hours, great times

By Caleb Johnson, Lifestyle Writer | February 22, 2024

Editor's note: Check out the Northern Star's National Margarita Day gallery.  A pinch of salt, a slice of lime, a note of sweet citrus and a bunch of tequila are all the necessary pieces that make the quintessential margarita. In the downtown DeKalb...

Country night, movie breakfast make up weekend

By Jonathan Shelby, Lifestyle Writer | February 22, 2024

Editor’s note: If you want your event featured in next week’s Weekend Roundup, email information to [email protected] FRIDAY: Alcohol Ink Class with Niffers Art Nest: 5 p.m. at Jubilee Artisans, 128 E. Lincoln Highway Friday...

Eight students smile while hanging onto a rock climbing wall. NIUs Climbing Club has been an official sports club since 2022 and is open to all students. (Sofia Didenko | Northern Star)

Hold on, hang out with NIU’s Climbing Club 

By Sofia Didenko, Lifestyle Writer | February 20, 2024

“I love climbing, it's the perfect balance of physical performance with, like, solving problems,” said Cassandra Phillips, a physics doctoral student and president of Climbing Club. Phillips has been solving vertical challenges since childhood,...

The door of the Sally Stevens Players Theatre sits closed after a weekend full of performances. NIU’s most recent play “Anxious People!” opened this week. (Nick Glover | Northern Star)

‘Anxious People!’ gives exposure therapy for anxiety

By Caleb Johnson, Lifestyle Writer | February 18, 2024

Anxiety, at its core, is a deeply human condition. As social creatures, people are prone to intense feelings when outside pressures hinder and interrupt their own experiences.   Audiences were treated to stories and experiences of people dealing...

Marlon Wayans takes the stage Thursday for a free comedy show exclusive to NIU students at the Carl Sandburg Auditorium in the Holmes Student Center. The CAB sponsored event, featuring the “Scary Movie” and “White Chicks” actor, was sold out before the day of the event. (Ryanne Sandifer | Northern Star)

NIU roars with laughter: Marlon Wayans live

By Isabel Cambray, Lifestyle Writer | February 18, 2024

DeKALB – Marlon Wayans, the youngest out of 10 siblings from the Wayan legacy, hosted a sold-out show Thursday at the Holmes Student Center. Wayans needed no introduction as he has been in countless projects such as “The Wayans Bros,” “Scary Movie,”...

All you can eat crabs, variety show highlight this weekend

By Jonathan Shelby, Lifestyle Writer | February 15, 2024

Editor’s note: If you want your event featured in next week’s Weekend Roundup, email information to [email protected] FRIDAY: Home School Group Activity: 1 p.m. at Jubilee Artisans, 128 E. Lincoln Highway AYCE Crab Dinner at...

Wayne, a dog, looks at the camera. Wayne is this weeks Tails Pet of the Week. (Courtesy of Tails Humane Society)

Bring love home: Wayne, Tails pet of the week

By Isabel Cambray, Lifestyle Writer | February 13, 2024

Are you looking for a loyal companion to bring joy to your home?  Say hello to Wayne.  Wayne is 5 years old and weighs less than 20 pounds, so he won’t take up too much room. Age is just a number, and Wayne is living proof of that. Despite his...

Mardi Gras, Sweet Stroll taking place this weekend

Mardi Gras, Sweet Stroll taking place this weekend

By Jonathan Shelby, Lifestyle Writer | February 8, 2024

Editor’s note: If you want your event featured in next week’s Weekend Roundup, email information to [email protected] Friday: February Tattoo Guest Spots: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Dekalb Tattoo Company, 817 W. Lincoln Highway...

The outside of Burger Naan depicts a light-up open sign visible through the restaurants windows. Burger Naan is a family owned Indian restaurant located in downtown DeKalb. (Sofia Didenko | Northern Star)

Burger Naan offers warm environment, traditional Indian food

By Sofia Didenko, Lifestyle Writer | February 7, 2024

Located adjacent to DeKalb's infamous Egyptian Theatre, an Indian fusion restaurant, Burger Naan, puts a tantalizing twist on classic Indian food with its innovative dishes.   Highlight menu items include butter chicken macaroni and cheese, tandoori...