5 things to do in DeKalb County

Weekend events include: ballet dancing in downtown DeKalb windows, Recycled Percussion, a Dark Art and Oddities Con, hands-on painting for children and a choral ensemble concert

1. Dancing Downtown for DeKalb’s Second Fridays – 5 to 8:45 p.m. Friday in downtown DeKalb

Dimensions Youth Ballet, an extension of Dimensions Dance Academy will be dancing downtown in the windows of merchants and restaurants in DeKalb for downtown DeKalb’s Second Fridays event. The Sugar Plum Fairy will pose for photos in front of Found. Home and Vintage Marketplace, 153 E. Lincoln Highway. Shopping purchases can be wrapped at Byers Brewing Company from 5 to 8 p.m. by Century 21 Affiliated. There also will be a free family street dance in Palmer Court until 8:45 p.m.

2. Recycled Percussion - 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Egyptian Theatre, 135 S. Second St. in DeKalb

The drumming group Recycled Percussion will perform live at the Egyptian Theatre with music, skits and a production for all ages. The group has performed more than 6,000 shows all over the world and was on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” It also has had its own headline show on the Las Vegas Strip for more than eight years, opened the 2017 Super Bowl, and starred in its own TV show “Chaos and Kindness.” Tickets range from $20 to $55 each and can be purchased online at egyptiantheatre.org.

3. 2021 Dark Art and Oddities Con - 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Red Roof Inn & Suites, 1212 W. Lincoln Highway in DeKalb

Each day will feature a variety of dark art and oddities vendors, as well as a butterfly pinning workshop on Saturday and a spider pinning workshop and the lecture “Strange Bipedal Creatures of North America” on Sunday. General admission is $10. The pinning workshops cost an extra $40 each. For information about the event, go to darkartandodditiescon.com.

4. Hands-On History featuring “Painting Possibilities” – 1 to 3 p.m. at the DeKalb County History Center, 1730 N. Main St. in Sycamore

Children in first through fourth grades will see some of local artist Cora Miner’s paintings along with other paintings in the DeKalb County History Center’s collection, and then have a chance to create a piece of art inspired by Miner’s “thank you raccoons.” Registration is encouraged. Register by going to dekalbcountyhistory.org or calling 815-895-5762. There is a charge of $3 per child, which will be collected at the event.

5. Cor Cantiamo Concert - 3 p.m. Sunday at NIU’s Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, 550 Lucinda Ave. in DeKalb

Cor Cantiamo is a professional 24-voice touring choral ensemble, founded in 2009 by Eric A. Johnson, Director of Choral Activities at Northern Illinois University. The ensemble is comprised of professional musicians from the northern Illinois area brought together by a love of fine choral music. The concert will feature a new work by Fahad Siadat. Tickets to the concert cost $5 for children and $10 for adults. For information or to purchase tickets, go to corcantiamo.org.

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