Dancing Queen

In 2006, I was honored to produce the first Heartland International Music Tattoo in DeKalb County at Northern Illinois University. The show included 22 different dance ensembles, brass bands, bagpipe bands and other pageantry units. Featuring over 300 entertainers, this two-hour show was patterned after the world famous Edinburgh...
Back by popular demand! Lightwire Theater’s "A Very Electric Christmas" is coming back to the Egyptian Theatre in DeKalb, IL on Friday, December 7 at 7:30 p.m. Follow the story of a young bird named Max and his family, as they begin their journey south for the winter. When Max...
By Mike Korcek (NIU's leading sports authority) They're all here. In one place. For the first time.  The 2019 NIU Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on Friday, October 25 as part of NIU’s 113th Homecoming celebration. The 2019 class features Kristina Campos (Gymnastics, 2002-05), Larry English (Football, 2004-08), Ashley...
October 16th is National Liqueur Day. This is a day to celebrate the myriad classes and flavors of liqueur. Liqueur, not to be confused with liquor, is a type of sweet alcoholic drink made from flowers, nuts, spices, herbs and some type of alcohol. They are bold enough to stand...
Are you crazy for Halloween? Gather up your ghosts, ghouls, and goblins! Pose your pumpkins and phantoms and spooky items! If you and your family have that special spooky decorated home, you might win a valuable prize for being the "Best Halloween Home" in DeKalb County. DeKalb County...
How many times are you stumped for what to fix for dinner?  DCO asked our resident Food Dude Michael Embrey what one of his go-to meals are and his first response was ... 'Mongolian Beef'.  Mongolian Beef is probably one of the most popular Chinese beef dishes...
Indian Valley Theatre announces auditions for their upcoming World Premier production of ’A Twisted Christmas Carol’ by Phil Olson and directed by Connie Cline, on Sunday, Sept. 29th from 2-4 pm and Monday, Sept. 30th from 7-9 pm. Auditions will be held in the Community Room at...
Northern Illinois University Theater and Dance majors open theater in nearby St. Chares. If you’re ever wondering what happened to the 2019 MFA Acting class at Northern Illinois University, you can find many of them, and a host of other School of Theatre and Dance alumni in...
The concept of celebrating something scary can make one wonder how the Halloween current event started. Halloween’s beginnings date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived more than 2,000 years ago celebrated their new year on November 1. This area was mostly in the region that...
Indian Valley Theatre has announced the cast for their upcoming production of ‘Murder on the Rerun’ by Fred Carmichael. ‘Murder on the Rerun’, will be Directed by Linda Whaley and Produced by Sharon Pagoria. Christine Roe has been chosen as Stage Manager. Auditions took place in early August...
Indian Valley Theatre is proud to announce their next production, the World Premier Production of, ’A Twisted Christmas Carol’, the newly written comedy by the creator of the ‘Don’t Hug Me’series of plays written by Phil Olson. IVT was asked personally by the playwright to be one of 8 Community...
When bragging about being the Best Beer City in the US, Milwaukee would have a major challenger in Denver, Colorado.  There’s nothing like a refreshing pint of craft beer in the Mile High City. According to a variety of sources, Denver is one of the best places to explore...