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Local band to play at KJ’s Bar & Grill

By Jamie O'Toole, Columnist | February 4, 2020

DeKALB — Covering bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd and Molly Hatchet, DeKalb band Shooter will bring what it calls “whiskey rock and roll” to residents.The band will perform 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday at KJ’s Bar & Grill, 518 E. Lincoln Highway.For...

Faculty art displays hard work

Faculty art displays hard work

By Jamie O'Toole, Columnist | January 26, 2020

Faculty art of various styles covered the walls of the Art Museum during a public reception of the NIU School of Art and Design Faculty Biennial Exhibition held Thursday.The reception allowed students to view professors’ work and attendees to bid on...

Star Worlds Arcade celebrates 35th anniversary

By Jamie O'Toole, Columnist | January 23, 2020

DeKALB — Celebrating their 35th anniversary with a day of arcade games, food and tournaments for prizes, the Star Worlds Arcade, 1234 E. Lincoln Highway, will welcome friends and families to come hang out. The event will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday. A...

Local jazz groups to perform at Egyptian Theatre

By Jamie O'Toole, Columnist | January 22, 2020

DeKALB — Four local jazz groups will come together for the fourth year in a row to bring a night of jazz to DeKalb.Beginning 7 p.m. Saturday, the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., will present its annual “Jazz at the Egyptian” show.The DeKalb...

A Charlie Brown Christmas will come to life in DeKalb

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” will come to life in DeKalb

By Jamie O'Toole, Columnist | December 12, 2019

The classic cartoon plays on popular networks throughout the holiday season, up until Christmas, but this year “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is coming to life  7:30p.m. on Friday at the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. 2nd St. Oftentimes around the holidays,...

Besides selling the work of artists like Ed Sheehan and The Beatles, Green Tangerine also sells the music of local musicians.

Record store provides local artists’ music

By Jamie O'Toole, Columnist | December 4, 2019

DeKALB — Green Tangerine Records, known for its sales of various music genres, is exposing customers to local underground artists by selling their music in the store.Sara Mohr, a College of DuPage student and Green Tangerine  Records customer, said...

NIU Media Studies Senior Marrio Shaw has spent the better part of a decade becoming a rapper and making music.

Marrio Shaw on creating music not only for others, but for himself too

By Jamie O'Toole l Contributor | November 25, 2019

DeKALB – Senior Marrio Shaw studies communications with an emphasis in media studies and is in pursuit of making films, but behind the camera, he writes lyrics from his soul so he and his listeners can feel heard and understood. Growing up in DeKalb,...

Launched on Nov. 12, Disney+ is a streaming service containing films and series from Disney, Pixar, Lucasfilm, Pixar and National Geographic.

Disney+ entices consumers with fair prices and extensive content

By Northern Star Entertainment Staff | November 17, 2019

The streaming service Disney+ launched Tuesday and features a large amount of content, including films and television shows, owned by The Walt Disney Company. Several members of the entertainment section subscribed to the service: Parker Otto | Entertainment...

School of Music hosts New Music Festival

By Northern Star Entertainment Staff | November 13, 2019

The NIU School of Music hosted the New Music Festival from Nov. 5 to Nov. 8 in the Music Building. Five concerts were shown over the course of four days and the Northern Star Entertainment Section sent multiple reporters to cover this event. Day 1- Parker...

DeKalb goes crazy for Prince tribute

By Jamie O'Toole, Columnist | November 3, 2019

DeKALB — Dean Ford and the Beautiful Ones brought the legendary Prince back from the dead and defied the artist’s typical age demographic by mirroring his image and executing his music flawlessly for all generations to enjoy.The concert was held Saturday...

Prince tribute band to arrive in DeKalb

By Jamie O'Toole, Columnist | October 29, 2019

Dean Ford and the Beautiful Ones, a Prince tribute band, will pour purple rain over DeKalb at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St. The band will play the entire Purple Rain album by the late musician Prince, who passed away in...

Young the Giant frontman Sameer Gadhia performs before a crowd Friday at the Convocation Center. Young the Giant performed as part of NIUs Homecoming events.

Young the Giant delivers incredible concert for Homecoming Week

By Jamie O'Toole, Columnist | October 27, 2019

DeKALB – Alternative rock band Young the Giant pulled students into its music with uplifting and introspective tracks Friday at the Convocation Center. Many tracks were from the band’s 2018 album “Mirror Master,” and the group cemented the meaning...