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A piece of artwork which shows pieces of hair sewn into a white shirt. This piece is on display in NIUs Altgeld Hall as part of the The Remaining, Mourn... exhibition. (Caleb Johnson | Northern Star)

Art Museum opens grief, loss exhibit

By Caleb Johnson, Lifestyle Writer | September 11, 2023

Death and mourning, both things are universal experiences and part of the human condition. The exhibit "The Remaining, Mourn…" now on display at NIU’s Art Museum, looks at these core themes.  The exhibit was curated by NIU alumni Millicent Kennedy...

Business Spotlight: Barb City Laundry

By Caleb Johnson, Lifestyle Writer | September 8, 2023

Editor’s note: This article is not sponsored by Barb City Laundry and is not an endorsement from the Northern Star as an organization. Barb City Laundry, formerly known as Laundry Lounge, has been chosen as Northern Star’s business spotlight. The...

An inflatable bear kite and other kites fly above DeKalb High School. DeKalbs annual Kite Fest will take place on Sept. 10 and is free to attend. (Courtesy of John Shea Jr.)

DeKalb art, entertainment to look out for

By Sarah Rose, Lifestyle Editor | September 7, 2023

DeKALB – Take advantage of the warm weather and step outside to enjoy local activities and support local vendors or get your mind blown at a magic concert.  KITE FEST From 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 10, the DeKalb Park District will host its...

Families sit together during the 2017 DeKalb Kite Fest. This year, the festival takes place on Sept. 10. (Northern Star File Photo)

DeKalb’s 18th Kite Fest ready to take flight

By Caleb Johnson, Lifestyle Writer | September 6, 2023

DeKALB – The DeKalb Kite Fest comes back for its 18th year. The fest will take place at 11 a.m. Sept. 10 in the DeKalb Kiwanis Park and will be hosted by the DeKalb Park District. "The Park District is happy to continue this long-standing DeKalb...

A view of downtown DeKalbs shops and restaurants. DeKalb contains a rich history for students to get involved in. (Northern Star File Photo)

Familiarize yourself with DeKalb culture

By Sarah Rose, Lifestyle Editor | August 30, 2023

DeKALB – The City of DeKalb contains a rich history and fun after-school activities that give students a break from college life. Step off campus and check out these four local sites.  FATTY’S Fatty’s Pub & Grille, located at 1312 Lincoln...

The front of the Egyptian Theatre in downtown DeKalb. The Egyptian hosts dozens of shows and concerts every year. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

Upcoming highlights at The Egyptian Theatre

By Eli Tecktiel, Senior Lifestyle Writer | August 29, 2023

One of DeKalb’s oldest and most popular businesses, the Egyptian Theatre, promises an eclectic mix of events in the coming months. This season will feature a wide variety of events, ranging from tributes to popular artists to screenings of classic...

A comic book festival lettering vector celebrating Free Comic Book day. The DeKalb Public Library will be hosting an event this Saturday in honor of this celebration.

This Saturday offers free comic books, rock concert

By Sarah Rose, Lifestyle Editor | May 2, 2023

DeKALB – Celebrate books or experience a live concert this Saturday. Comic book day The first Saturday of each May is dedicated to Free Comic Book Day, a day that celebrates comic books and encourages people to read comics. The DeKalb Public Library,...

People wait in the O’Connell Theater in NIU’s Stevens building for The Spring Dance Concert. The concert concluded NIU’s School of Theater and Dance’s 2022-23 production lineup. (Sarah Rose | Northern Star)

NIU’s spring dance concert exhibits the mundane experience

By Sarah Rose, Lifestyle Editor | April 30, 2023

DeKALB – Soft blue lights glimmered on the O’Connell theater stage as five dancers took their places, bodies bent over in poses they’re all too familiar with. As the music started out as a fantasia melody, The Rite of Spring begun. April 27 through...

Business Spotlight: Rosati’s Pizza

By Eli Tecktiel, Senior Lifestyle Writer | April 27, 2023

Editor’s note: This article is not sponsored by Rosati's Pizza and is not an endorsement from the Northern Star as an organization. Since 2021, Rosati’s Pizza in DeKalb has been serving up a wide selection of pizzas, calzones and wings. Though...

Students await a comedy show in the Carl Sandburg auditorium. NIU student Xavier Smith hosted a comedy show Tuesday. (Nick Glover | Northern Star)

NIU student hosts standout comedian standups

By Nick Glover, Editor-in-Chief | April 26, 2023

DeKALB – NIU alumni Jack Baker headlined a standup set of comedians AJ Leidig, Adriel Compean and Xavier Smith on Tuesday.  The event was hosted by Smith, a senior Operations Management and Information Systems major, and was put on by the NIU Student...

Lincoln Highway in downtown DeKalb is inactive Monday during rush hour.

DeKalb weekend scene, entertain in a play, business shindig

By Sarah Rose, Lifestyle Editor | April 25, 2023

Revel in the spring weather and explore the DeKalb scene this Saturday. Chemical Engineering with Society of Women Engineers From 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. the DeKalb Public Library, located at 309 Oak St. is hosting a chemical engineering event. Attendees...

An end of year comedy show is to be held at the Carl Sandburg Auditorium Wednesday.

NIU graduate to host comedy show

By Eli Tecktiel, Senior Lifestyle Writer | April 24, 2023

The NIU Student Veteran Association will be presenting a comedy show at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Carl Sandburg Auditorium. Hosted by NIU student Xavier Smith, the event will feature headliner Jack Baker as well as comedians AJ Leiding and Adriel Compeon....