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Peace out, homey: DeKalb Scene says goodbye to long time writer

By DeKalb Scene Staff | May 8, 2011

As the semester ends, DeKalb Scene bids adieu to Chris Krapek. Chris has worked for DeKalb Scene for four years. With a special brand of entertainment writing, Chris brought energy and dedication to the staff. His work here will be truly missed. The things...

Star Worlds, located at 1234 E. Lincoln Hwy in DeKalb is the subject of a documentary by communication grad students.

Local arcade recieves a space in a documentary

By Chris Krapek | May 4, 2011

DeKALB | It's about more than video games. It's about the community, the arcade, the kill screens and the quarters on the marquee. "Star Worlds: A Pocket Full of Tokens and I'm Heading to the Arcade," will be screened at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Wirtz Hall...

DeKalb’s Weekender List: April 29

By Chris Krapek | April 28, 2011

DeKALB | We've almost reached the end. Seriously, guys, there's like one week left and then finals. As many of you go home for the summer, study abroad or move on to bigger and better things, take one last opportunity to do something cool in the Dirty...

Electronic music concert to shake the Music Building

By Chris Krapek | April 28, 2011

DeKALB | Circuit-bending, dub-stepping, face-melting. RaWElectrics will take place. tonight at 8 p.m. in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall in the Music Building. The genre-spanning show will feature two DJ's, two drummers, electric and bass guitars, an...

Campus Activities Board makes this week at NIU funny and foamy

By Chris Krapek | April 25, 2011

DeKALB | Foam and stand-up comedy. NIU's Campus Activities Board will close out the semester with two events this week. First up is the stand-up comedian Lil Duval who will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Carl Sandburg Auditorium. "He's a rather big...

DeKalb’s Weekender’s list: April 22

By Chris Krapek | April 21, 2011

DeKALB | You are so close to finishing. When you do, that’s the time you can go back to the ‘burbs and do whatever it is you do there. It’s certainly not better than a few days spent in the lovely, historical, life-changing DeKalb. In these few...

Work of first abstract painter now at NIU

By Chris Krapek | April 13, 2011

DeKALB | Painter, printmaker, poet, playwright, theorist. Wassily Kandinsky: Klange (Sounds) is a new exhibit in the NIU Art Museum that explores the work of the Russian artist that changed art forever. "Kandinsky was sort of the first artist to make...

DVD box art for Product of Society [the film].

‘Not the product of a sane mind’

By Chris Krapek | April 11, 2011

Some say comic book artist Jon Lennon is crazy. In fact, it was Ain't It Cool News who said his work "is not the product of a sane mind." Can you blame them? This is the guy who's books feature men shooting up their semen intravenously to get a fix. In...

Album covers stand alone

By Chris Krapek and Troy Doetch | April 10, 2011

DeKALB | The Nirvana baby, the Beatles walking across Abbey Road, Andrew W.K.'s bloody nose. -- some album covers are as iconic and evocative as the music itself. Sheet Music and Record Albums: Graphics of Their Time is a new exhibition in the NIU Art...

DeKalb’s weekender’s list: April 8

By Chris Krapek | April 7, 2011

DeKALB | So you’re probably thinking you want to get out of here this weekend. Another incident means more hysteria which means more people saying “Why did I even come here?” That’s not without reason, but DeKalb is not the apocalyptic wasteland...

DeKalb Hip Hop band Legend Haz It. The groups debut album is now available on iTunes.

Next concert may be Legend Haz It last show

By Chris Krapek | March 31, 2011

DeKALB | Only two years in and they’ve already become legendary.Legend Haz It will celebrate its two-year anniversary by playing a free show at 9 p.m. on Friday at The House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Highway. A jazzy septet fronted by MC Keith “Legend...

DeKalb weekender’s list: April 1

By Chris Krapek | March 31, 2011

DeKALB | DeKalb, welcome to April. Whether you’re still recovering from Henry Rollins last night or lying to yourself by saying you’re going to crank out that research paper, our town has plenty of stuff for you to do in the next three days. Here...