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The DeKalb Public Library sits under a cloudy sky located in downtown DeKalb. Jazz In Progress will visit the library on Oct. 14. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

DeKalb library to host Suzuki Strings

By Eli Tecktiel, Senior Lifestyle Writer | April 6, 2023

The DeKalb Public Library will be hosting an after-hours concert featuring NIU’s Suzuki Strings on Sunday, April 16, at 7 p.m. in the main lobby.  The Suzuki method is a unique way of teaching children and teens music. According to the DeKalb Public...

The ensemble of Stir Friday Night!, a nonprofit theater company, stands on stage Monday in the Duke Ellington Ballroom. The troupes performance consisted of improv and improv-based games, including the pictured Dr. Know it all, an improv game where the group answered questions from the audience one word at a time. (Daniel Massa | Northern Star)

NIU kicks off AAPI Heritage Month

By Daniel Massa, Lifestyle Writer | April 5, 2023

NIU’s Asian American Resource Center (AARC) helped kick off Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPI) with an introductory event and gave the culture the recognition it deserves. The event was held in the Duke Ellington Ballroom of...

A poster for Reality Bytes Film Festival with two theater seats and a bucket of popcorn. The festival will take place April 11 and 12 showing 10 short films each night. (Courtesy of Reality Bytes Film Festival)

Lights, camera, action on film festival

By Daniel Massa, Lifestyle Writer | April 5, 2023

NIU’s annual film festival is right around the corner and welcomes all film buffs to watch and discuss the many works crafted by student filmmakers.  NIU will be hosting its annual Reality Bytes Film Festival on April 11-12. The festival will showcase...

Entrants of the 2019 Karoshi Con cosplay contest stand on stage together in the Carl Sandburg Auditorium in the Holmes Student Center. This weeks DeKalb Day Planner includes the NIU Anime Associations Karoshi Con, which will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday. (Photo courtesy of the NIU Anime Association)

Appreciate the arts this Saturday

By Sarah Rose, Lifestyle Editor | April 4, 2023

Theater, music and art galore. Check out events happening this Saturday at NIU and in local Dekalb. After-Hours Concert From 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. join the NIU Steelband at the DeKalb Public Library, located at 309 Oak St. DeKalb, for an eclectic performance....

The hall outside of the NIU Art Gallery full of people talking. The Gallery opened Wednesday for a public reception. (Cheyanne Quintanilla | Northern Star)

NIU art exhibits bring together the old and new

By Daniel Massa, Lifestyle Writer | April 3, 2023

The new art exhibits at the NIU Art Museum offer an engaging exploration of historical and contemporary artistic expressions, encompassing both global and regional perspectives.  A public reception was hosted Wednesday at the NIU Art Museum, located...

The performances for the play The Childrens Hour run from March 31 to April 2 and April 6 to April 8.

School of Theatre and Dance to debut new play

By Emily Beebe, Senior Opinion Columnist | March 30, 2023

Update: Performances scheduled for March 31, April 1 and April 2 have been canceled, due to a positive COVID test from a member of the cast/crew. Those who have already purchased tickets will be contacted by the NIU SOTD. As of now, no additional performances...

The Stevens Building hosted a grand reopening Oct. 12, but not all of the building’s facilities received the necessary repairs. 

Delight in a play or party this Saturday

By Sarah Rose, Lifestyle Editor | March 29, 2023

As the weather brightens, so does the DeKalb scenery.  The Children’s Hour The NIU School of Theater and Dance will perform “The Children’s Hour,” a play directed by Andrea J. Dymond. The play is described as a serious and adult production...

The DeKalb Public Library sign is lit up at night. The Library will be hosting its annual fall book sale from Oct. 20 to Oct. 22. (Northern Star File Photo)

Blackout poetry event kicks off National Poetry Month

By Caleb Johnson, Lifestyle Writer | March 29, 2023

  DeKALB – Redacted, erased, removed. Sometimes the most powerful words are the words not spoken.  Poetry is at the heart of the human experience. To celebrate the start of National Poetry Month, the DeKalb Public Library is hosting a poetry...

Angélica Maria Aguilera talking with Caleb Johnson, a junior Anthropology major during her presentation. Maria is a singer and poet who presented at NIU on Wednesday.

Angélica Maria Aguilera reclaims her identity through poetry and song

By Sarah Rose, Lifestyle Editor | March 24, 2023

NIU welcomed Chicana singer and poet Angélica Maria Aguilera on Wednesday. Maria hosted a poetry workshop for NIU students and performed several of her poems and her newest single “Que Placer De Ser Mujer.” Maria’s work focuses on telling stories...

Towers Literary Magazine opening submissions for Spring 2023 issue

By Rachel Cormier, Assistant News Editor | March 23, 2023

Towers Literary Magazine is opening up submissions for their Spring 2023 issue. The magazine highlights the literary and artistic talents of NIU students towards a central focus with the annual theme being Maytime and new growth. “Our goal is to...

CAB to host free drag show for students

By Nick Glover, Editor-in-Chief | March 23, 2023

DeKALB – The Campus Activities Board (CAB) is hosting a free drag show from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday in the Duke Ellington Ballroom at the Holmes Student Center. The event will feature drag artists like Flicky Fourloko and Aleyna Couture, who will...

The Egyptian Theatre is located downtown DeKalb at 135 N. 2nd Street.

Plan for a drag show and musical performance Saturday

By Sarah Rose, Lifestyle Editor | March 21, 2023

Not guilty pleasures drag show From 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. NIU’s Holmes Student Center will host a drag show charity fundraiser that will take place in the Duke Ellington Ballroom. Doors will open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person and $60 for a table...