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Winterize your playlists to get ready for the snowy season

By Sarah Contreras | December 1, 2011

Winter Playlist! Because every season needs a playlist, and now that school is over you will actually have time to listen to music again. 1. "O Tannenbaum" - Vince Guaraldi Trio: Nothing signals the beginning of the holiday season like the Charlie Brown...

Adventurous novel ‘Swamplandia!’ floats on

By Sarah Contreras | November 29, 2011

Thank goodness for the postman and the day he delivered Swamplandia! to my door. Swamplandia!, written by Karen Russell, tells the story of the enigmatic Bigtree family, owners and operators of a down-at-the-heel tourist destination in the Florida Everglades....

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Cheap birthday dessert succeeds on many layers

By Sarah Contreras | November 7, 2011

When you're a poor college student eager to impress others, it can be difficult to throw a party and stay within your meager budget.It being my birthday Saturday, I decided that instead of doing the usual "going out and spending a ton on Malibu and Cokes,"...

Karaoke-er: Marilyn Lorch, vocal powerhouse. Songs of Choice:
Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” and Blondie’s “One Way Or Another.” Why
She’s Rockin’ It: “‘Dreams’ is one of my favorite songs ever, and
the other choice is just a little faster and more fun.”

DeKalb’s karaoke scene gives locals the spotlight

By Sarah Contreras | September 14, 2011

Contemplating new ways to have fun can be rough. Not that there aren't an abundance of fabulous watering holes and gathering places in our dear city; it's just, if you're anything like me, you sometimes simply crave a break from the usual. But when someone...

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...