DeKalb County Events

Chronicle Media Staff


The NIU Jazz Ensemble will perform at 8 p.m. April 24 in the Music Building Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, Northern Illinois University, 300 Lucinda Ave., DeKalb.

April 20

Fresh Water Drum Dissection Class

7 p.m.

Midwest Museum of Natural History, 425 W. State St., Sycamore

$20 for general public; $15 for museum members

This spring dissection class will delve into the biology of the fresh water drum fish, also known as the sheephead. This specimen, found in the rivers and lakes of North America, is a great one for beginning dissectors to work on. Reserve a spot by calling (815) 895-9777.


April 21

“Rocky Horror Picture Show” with Live Shadow Cast

8 p.m.

Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., DeKalb


The performance features the live shadow cast of Irrational Masters. The “Rocky Horror Picture Show” is an outrageous assemblage of the most stereo-typed science fiction movies, Marvel comics, Frankie Avalon/Annette Funicello outings and rock ‘n’ roll of every vintage. Running through the story is the sexual confusion of two middle American Ike Age kids confronted by the complications of the decadent morality of the ‘70s. Prop kits will be sold in the lobby before the show.


April 22

The Walking Dead 5K

7 a.m.

DeKalb Public Library, 309 Oak St., DeKalb


The library is continuing to celebrate The Walking Day 5K (April 5), with inspiration from the television show, “The Walking Dead.” The public is encouraged to walk a 5K, and walk it faster than any zombie.


April 22


9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Altgeld Hall, Northern Illinois University, 116 Altgeld Hall, DeKalb

$15 general admission, $10 students

TEDxNIU’s Conference this year is made up of eight speakers in fields such as computer science, cancer research, personal branding, language barriers and entrepreneurship. The theme is Pushing Limits, and each speaker will touch on this subject and how we, as individuals, can push our own limits and better the world. Lunch, gift bags, and the opportunity to meet the speakers one-on-one are all included in the ticket. Tickets can be found at


April 22

The Taste

5-8 p.m.

Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center, 231 N. Annie Glidden Road, DeKalb

$25 per person before the event, $30 at the door

The Joseph F. Glidden Homestead and Historical Center holds its annual fundraiser. The event is a taste-testing event to benefit the work at the most important barn in the country where barbed wire was patented by Glidden in 1874. Local volunteer “chefs” will present samples of tried and true favorite recipes. The event will also include a silent auction, raffle, Annie’s Attic and music by local musician Zachary Harris. Purchase tickets for the event at First National Bank locations, Daily Chronicle, Sycamore Chamber of Commerce, American Title and Guaranty, and the Glidden Homestead by calling (815) 756-7904 or emailing


April 24

NIU Jazz Ensemble

8 p.m.

Music Building Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, Northern Illinois University, 300 Lucinda Ave., DeKalb


The NIU Jazz Ensemble performs after the release of a new CD that is garnering international acclaim. The NIU Jazz Ensemble has nine musicians, all of whom are undergraduate students. For more information, email or call (815) 753-1551.


April 25

LIVE MUSIC: Hiroya Tsukamoto Concert

6 p.m.

Sycamore Public Library, Sycamore


Hiroya Tsukamoto entertainss his audience with earthy, organic soundscapes that impart a mood of peace and tranquility. Tsukamoto is a guitarist and composer originally from Kyoto, Japan.


April 26

Pesky Plants

4 p.m.

Midwest Museum of Natural History, 425 W. State St., Sycamore

$2 plus museum admission

This program will teach about common plants that can be irritating if encountered on a hike. Learn how to identify poison ivy, oak, sumac and other plants that cause skin rashes. Participants will receive a certificate from the museum, stating that they have completed a poisonous plant identification course worth one hour of time.