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Artists take their work to the streets in Sycamore’s fourth annual Art Walk

By Olivia Willoughby | October 3, 2011

Artists gathered for the fourth annual Art Walk, showing off several collections of artwork in different types of media.The Sycamore Art Attack hosted Saturday's event."The main goal is to get local people out to see what kind of great artists we have...

Empty Egyptian Theatre

Egyptian Theatre renovations nearly complete

By Andrea Azzo | September 21, 2011

After a summer of renovations, the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., will host an open house featuring its new seats and sound system. The event will be at 6:30 p.m. tonight and is free and open to the public. Alex Nerad, executive director for the...

Genevieve Schatz, lead singer of Company of Theives, sings the
lyrics to one of their songs on Saturday at the Egyptian Theatre,
135 N. Second Street, during this year’s Middlewest Fest.

More than music booms during Middlewest Fest

By Dave Gong | September 12, 2011

Middlewest Fest 2011 provided more than music and entertainment in downtown DeKalb for local business owners. Several businesses took advantage of the weekend’s festivities to promote sales to festival-goers and customers wandering the downtown area....

‘I call you an a**hole’

By Aurora Schnorr | September 11, 2011

You've been standing outside in the hot sun for hours, waiting for your favorite band to come on stage. The moment is finally here, and just as the lights come up, the girl in front of you decides to climb up on her friend's shoulders. Or maybe, if you...

Second annual Middlewest Fest delivers

By Sarah Contreras | September 11, 2011

Middlewest Fest came to town this weekend and boy, did it deliver.The two-year-old music festival brought over fifty bands of all shapes, sizes and genres to DeKalb for a spirited weekend of music and art. Crowds flocked from all over Illinois to see...

Brian Posehn in the membrane

By Alex Fiore | September 9, 2011

Amidst the dozens of bands playing Middlewest Fest this weekend, one man will take the stage with no instrument at all. With just a microphone and a slew of jokes in tow, comedian Brian Posehn will perform at Otto's Nightclub, 118 E. Lincoln Highway,...

Owen a visit to DeKalb

By Sarah Contreras | September 7, 2011

How do you get to know a person, really? You ask questions. But not just any questions; you have to find a way to get to the core of a person. As far as interviews with musicians go, there are certain questions everyone expects such as, "who inspires...

Thieves’ company this weekend at Middlewest

By Barb Lowden | September 7, 2011

If you already plan on attending this weekend's Middlewest Fest, there is no reason to miss this year's featured band - Company of Thieves. If you weren't planning on going, their presence should change your mind. Company of Thieves, an alternative rock...

Moving on after the Felix Culpa

By Paul Durden | September 7, 2011

Sometimes we have the misfortune of hearing about a band after they have already parted ways. The Felix Culpa is such a band for me, and probably for most of you reading this. With a sound that can best be described as "their own", the Felix Culpa created...

Middlewest on the Maps

By Jerene-Elise Nall | September 7, 2011

DeKALB | Next week, the Chicago indie rockers of Maps and Atlases will retrace their route back to DeKalb to play the band's (and DeKalb's) second Middlewest Fest. The Northern Star got to follow up with guitarist Erin Elders about playing last year at...

Cornmeal in cornfields

By Alex Fiore | September 7, 2011

Get your dancing shoes on. As part of Middlewest Fest, the high-octane bluegrass jam vehicle Cornmeal is coming to DeKalb Saturday. Hailing from Chicago and perfecting their chops over the past decade performing across the country, Cornmeal plays an intricate...

Horror punks get turbocharged

Horror punks get turbocharged

By Connor Rice | September 7, 2011

  Let's get down to horror business.   During this weekend's Middlewest festivities, Chicago's Turbovamps! will open for the Celtic punk band Flatfoot 56 on Friday at the House Café, 263 E. Lincoln Highway, in downtown DeKalb.   Turbovamps!, a horror...