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DeKalb, IL – From March 25th to 29th, the Egyptian Theatre in Downtown DeKalb, IL will host The Tournées Film Festival—a showcase of contemporary European cinema organized by the Northern Illinois University Film Society with the support of grants from the French Ministry of Cultural Affairs and the NIU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  Additional support is provided by the Departments of English, Foreign Languages & Literatures, Communication, and Women’s Studies.


For its third annual festival, Tournées-DeKalb will be screening seven films over four days.   The event opens on Sunday, March 25th for a double feature matinee of Olivier Assayas’ Summer Hours (2 PM), an impeccably observed family drama featuring actress Juliette Binoche, and Alain Resnais’ Wild Grass (4 PM), a surreal romantic comedy by one of the masters of French cinema.  The films will be introduced by Scott Balcerzak, Assistant Professor of Film and Literature at NIU, and Elizabeth Bowman, a PhD candidate in NIU’s Department of English.


The festival continues on Tuesday, March 27th with an evening celebrating female directors. NIU Professor Emerita of Communication Lois Self will introduce The Sleeping Beauty (7 PM), director Catherine Breillat’s unconventional deconstruction of the classic tale.   Lindsay Massie, Co-President of the NIU Film Society will present remarks prepared by Barbara Peters about Coco Before Chanel (9 PM), Anne Fontaine’s thoughtful exploration of the pre-fame life of the world’s greatest fashion designer.

The evening of Wednesday, March 28th will open with French animator Sylvain Chomet’s acclaimed adaption of an unproduced screenplay by Jacques Tati, The Illusionist (7 PM), introduced by Julie Moteau, MA Candidate, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, with remarks prepared by Associate Professor Philippe Willems. Next, the festival presents Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami’s first Western production, Certified Copy (9 PM), an intriguing Tuscany-set story about love and miscommunication, introduced by Paul Petrovic, a PhD Candidate at NIU’s Department of English.


The festival holds its reception night on Thursday, March 29th, with Emmanuel Laurent’s Two in the Wave (7 PM).  This engaging documentary traces the friendship and tragic split of French New Wave pioneers François Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard.   The film will be introduced by Jeffery Chown, a professor in NIU’s Department of Communication and a documentary filmmaker.  The screening will be followed by a casual reception, where those in attendance can discuss the movie while enjoying delicacies provided by Inboden’s Meat Market.


The grant supporting the Tournées Festival is given each year to a select number of American universities wishing to bring the festival to their town.  The NIU-based organizers and the Egyptian Theatre have teamed up to make the festival a DeKalb regional event, free to all area high school, college, and university students who present valid student identification at the box office. The entire community is invited to attend either individual nights or purchase package tickets for the whole festival. Ticket prices for individual nights are $7 for adults and $5 for senior citizens, and package tickets for the entire festival are $21 for adults and $15 for seniors. Tickets are available for purchase at the Egyptian Theatre Box Office or online at www.egyptiantheatre.org.  The Egyptian Theatre is located at 135 North Second Street in Downtown DeKalb, IL.


For more complete information on individual films, including show times, reviews, ratings, casts and film makers, as well as information about the festival, its participants and its sponsors, visit the event website at www.engl.niu.edu/Tournees.

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Live Nation welcomes BRIAN REGAN to the Egyptian Theatre in Downtown DeKalb on Sunday, April 29th, 2012 at 7:00 pm.


Critics and peers agree: Brian Regan has distinguished himself as one of the premier comedians in the country.  The perfect balance of sophisticated writing and physicality, Brian fills theaters nationwide with fervent fans that span generations. 


On December 7, Brian released his highly anticipated second album, “All By Myself,” as a digital download only available through his website.  Releasing two critically acclaimed hour Comedy Central specials and DVD’s in as many years – 2008’s “The Epitome of Hyperbole,” and 2007’s “Brian Regan Standing Up” – Brian has set a standard of excellence that others continually try to follow.  “The Epitome of Hyperbole” made its CMT debut on March 9.


Brian’s non-stop theater tour has visited more than 80 cities each year since 2005 and continues through 2012.  It is the quality of his material, relatable to a wide audience and revered by his peers, which continues to grow Brian’s fan base.  In March of 2010, Brian broke the record for the most consecutive shows by a comedian at Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City with five sold out performances.  The previous record was four shows set by Jerry Seinfeld in 2005.


With his first appearance on “The Late Show with David Letterman” in 1995, Brian solidified his place on the show and has now made more than 20 appearances.  A dorm room favorite, Brian’s 1997 CD, “Brian Regan Live,” has sold over 150,000 copies and consistently charts in iTunes Top Ten Comedy Albums.  Brian’s 2000 “Comedy Central Presents” special continues to be a top viewer choice and Brian’s independently released 2004 DVD, “I Walked on the Moon,” is available at www.BrianRegan.com.

Tickets are $37.50 and go on sale Friday, February 17th at 10:00 am at LiveNation.com, http://www.egyptiantheatre.org, the venue box office or charge by phone at (815) 758-1225.

All tickets subject to applicable service charges and fees.  Dates and times subject to change without notice.    

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Gaelic Storm will be Live in Concert at the Egyptian Theatre in Downtown DeKalb on Saturday, February 18 featuring music from their recent album “Cabbage”.


It has now been over a decade since Gaelic Storm’s career lifted off with their appearance in the Blockbuster film Titanic.  Since their big-screen debut 10 years ago, the band’s fan base continues to multiply with each new album, turning the one-time-pub-band into one of the premier touring acts in the Celtic/World music genre.  Musically, Gaelic Storm’s compelling originals and fresh arrangements steeped in Celtic traditional melody combined with their unique blend of world rhythms continue to broaden the musical horizons of the Celtic music genre creating new standards for generations to come.  Highlights from their decade-spanning career include six Billboard Chart topping albums, a DVD, a full-length concert film featured on HD.net in 2007-2008, song placement on two EA Sports Games, a 2008 Hallmark greeting card featuring their song “Kiss Me I’m Irish”, countless television and radio appearances, and of course, an appearance in James Cameron’s Titanic. Gaelic Storm has sold out hundreds of theatres and performing arts centers and has now played to audiences totaling in the millions.


Gaelic Storm is a “whirlwind ruckus” (Village Voice) who tour worldwide for at least two hundred days out of every year. Gaelic Storm routinely breaks attendance and merchandise sales records, pushing their popularity beyond World music into the mainstream music consciousness.  They continue to headline some of the largest Celtic and Folk festivals in the world.  The band interlaces high energy, foot-stomping performances of original interpretations of Celtic classics and well-crafted originals with endearing stage banter and story-telling that has earned them life-long fans.  Gaelic Storm has released 7 albums, all of which have charted on the Billboard World Music Charts including their most recent album, Cabbage’ (Lost Again Records) which earned the band a #1 hit on both the Billboard and iTunes World Album charts.


Gaelic Storm includes: Patrick Murphy of Cork City, Ireland (vocals, piano, accordion, spoons, harmonica), Steve Twigger of Coventry, England (vocals, guitar, mandolin, bouzouki), Ryan Lacey of Padadena, California (drums and world percussion), Pete Purvis of Merrickville, Ontario (uilleann pipes, tin whistle, deger pipes and highland pipes -a Grade 1 piper who toured with award winning pipe bands including the Braemar Pipe Band and played at 2000 Sydney Olympics) and the newest member of the band Jessie Burns of Suffolk, England now living in Colorado (fiddle).


Gaelic Storm has played before nearly sold out crowds every time they perform at the Egyptian Theatre.  Gaelic Storm will be live in concert at the historic Egyptian Theatre in downtown DeKalb on Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 7:30pm.  Doors open at 6:30pm.  Reserved tickets are available online through the Egyptian Theatre website (www.egyptiantheatre.org) or by calling the theatre box office at (815) 758-1225; any remaining tickets will be available at the door the night of the show.  The Egyptian Theatre is operated by the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization Preservation of Egyptian Theatre, Inc. and is located at 135 North 2nd Street, Downtown DeKalb, IL.

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The Historic Egyptian Theatre in Downtown DeKalb will host an open house on Thursday, September 22 to showcase and celebrate the completion of major restoration projects this summer. 


Nearly $100,000 worth of restoration work was completed in all of the lobby areas on the ornamental plasterwork and decorative painting.  While there was plenty of general wear and tear in the lobby areas there was also significant water damage that had occurred over the years but has now been addressed.


The theatre sound system was completely replaced this summer and a brand new state of the art sound system was installed.  Patrons who attended some of the first events of the fall season are already raving about the improvement to the sound.  The Middlewest Music & Arts Festival that was recently held in Downtown DeKalb and hosted multiple bands in the Egyptian Theatre was able to utilize the entire sound system without having to bring in additional equipment.  The replacement of the previous sound system that was installed in the early 1980’s is a tremendous benefit to the dozens of community groups that use the theatre each year, as well as has the potential to attract more national touring acts.


Quite possibly the most significant improvement made this summer is the replacement of the theatre seats which were the original seats from 1929.  The historic theatre seats were sold off to the community in June to make way for the new seats which were designed to be nearly identical to the original seats.  This project would not have been possible without the incredible dedication and hard work of the Egyptian Theatre Restoration Committee who lead the Egyptian Theatre Seating Sponsorship Campaign over the past few years.


All of these projects would not have been possible without the continued support of the DeKalb community including individuals, families, organizations, businesses, foundations, corporations and the City ofDeKalb.  There will be a special VIP and Seat Donor reception from 4:30pm-6:30pm on September 22.  Those that helped donate to the Seating Campaign are invited to this reception as a thank you for your support and to try out the new seats.


The open house for the general public will be from 6:30pm-8:30pm on September 22.  Light refreshments will be provided.  The theatre will be open for the public to view along with a special exhibit in the Egyptian Theatre Art Gallery featuring items from the theatre archives featuring photographs of the interior and exterior of the theatre through the years as well as news articles, movie & show posters, and a rarely seen collection of signed vaudeville performer photographs from the early years of the Egyptian Theatre.


The theatre opened on December 10, 1929, showing silent films during the week and vaudeville performances on the weekends. In the forties and fifties, the Egyptian concentrated mostly on movies, with an occasional live event. By the sixties, the Egyptian was mostly a movie house, although some exceptions did occur. It was during this time that Senator John F. Kennedy made an appearance to a packed house during a campaign stop in DeKalb.  By the mid seventies, the Egyptian was a ghost of its previous splendor. The plaster walls and interior motifs were crumbling away, the seats were in disrepair, the plumbing rarely worked, the boiler was no longer functioning, and there were holes in the ceiling.


In 1977, the Egyptian Theatre was closed and the property given over to the city ofDeKalb.Former Mayor Judy King called a meeting at City Hall on March 1, 1978, to explore the possibilities of community support of saving the Egyptian Theatre.  A group of 35 persons who met that night paved the way for the formation of the non-profit organization now known as Preservation of the Egyptian Theatre, Inc. (P.E.T.).  P.E.T. took control of the Egyptian Theatre in 1978 and in 1982 was able to complete a $2.125 million renovation of the theatre.


Currently the Egyptian Theatre is home to 25+ community organizations that utilize the theatre every year.  In the 2010-2011 season there were over 120 events attracting more than 30,000 people.  The theatre is almost entirely volunteer run with over 250 volunteers a year on average contributing over 5,000 hours of service.


If you go:

Where: The Egyptian Theatre located at 135 N. 2nd Street in Downtown DeKalb, IL.

When: Thursday, September 22, 2011

Time: VIP & Seat Donor Reception (4:30pm-6:30pm)

         Open House for General Public (6:30pm-8:30pm)

Cost: FREE


For more information visit the theatre website at www.egyptiantheatre.org or call the theatre at (815)758-1215.

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The Egyptian Theatre’s fourth annual “Ride Like An Egyptian” bicycle recreational ride will be held on Saturday, September 24. Begun in 2008, the benefit ride attracts cyclists from all over the Midwest. The ride begins and ends at the Egyptian Theatre located at 135 N. 2nd St. in DowntownDeKalb,IL.  Riders have the option of riding 25, 50, 75, or 100 miles throughout east-centralDeKalbCounty and west-centralKaneCounty. The ride features a well-stocked central rest stop inMaplePark. 


Routes are clearly marked and rider-friendly integrated map/cue sheets will be provided.  This year’s ride again features radio-dispatched SAG support courtesy of the Kishwaukee Amateur Radio Club. North Central Cyclery of DeKalb will again provide riders with pre-ride professional tech support during registration. For the first time this year there will be professional tech support during the ride at the central rest stop provided by the Village Pedaler of South Elgin. 


An end-of-ride meal will again be provided for registered riders featuring soup, sandwiches, vegetable/cheese/cracker trays, and desserts. Nonparticipating family and friends can purchase meal tickets for $5.00. 


The preregistration cost for adults 16 and over is $20 ($25 after September 10). The preregistration cost for youth under 16 is free with paid adult rider ($5 after September 10). Riders under 16 must ride with a participating parent or guardian.  Riders may register online at www.egyptiantheatre.org or at the Egyptian Theatre the day of the ride from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.  The ride closes at 4 p.m. The ride goes on rain or shine. T-shirts featuring the ride logo are available in blue, green, or yellow for $10 ($12 after September 10). 


The Egyptian Theatre is operated by the Preservation of the Egyptian Theatre, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Proceeds from this benefit will be used for the ongoing operation, maintenance, and preservation of the Egyptian Theatre. For more information call 815-758-1215 or visit the Egyptian Theatre’s web site at www.egyptiantheatre.org.


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Egyptian Theatre

Thursday, October 6, 2011 at 8:00 pm

On Sale Friday, August 12, 2011 at 10:00 am

DeKalb, IL

– Live Nation welcomes LEWIS BLACK

to the Egyptian Theatre on Thursday,

October 6, 2011 at 8:00 pm.


Prolific funny man, actor, author, and stand-up comedian/ranter




will be live

onstage as part of his




tour. Lewis’ live performances provide a cathartic

release of anger and disillusionment for his audience. Lewis yells so they don’t have to. He


is a passionate performer who is a more pissed-off optimist than mean-spirited


curmudgeon. Lewis is the rare comic who can cause an audience to laugh themselves into


incontinence while making compelling points about the absurdity of our world.





came into national prominence in his appearances on THE DAILY SHOW

in 1996. His appearances on THE DAILY SHOW led to four specials on Comedy Central.


In 2001, he won the Best Male Stand-Up at the American Comedy Awards. He has also


produced six comedy CD albums, including the 2007 Grammy-Award winning




The Carnegie

Hall Performance.




just won his second Grammy Award with his most

recent CD “Stark Raving Black” for best comedy album.




has also written two best-selling books, Nothing Sacred and

Me of Little




His book, I’m Dreaming of a Black Christmas

was released in November 2010.

Tickets go on sale Friday, August 12




at 10:00 am and are $39.50 and $49.50. Tickets are

available for purchase at http://www.livenation.com and http://www.egyptiantheatre.org


Additional service charges may apply. Dates and times subject to change without notice.



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“The hardest thing in the world is to start an orchestra – and the next hardest, to stop it.”  That bit of wisdom was uttered by Hans Richter more than a century ago, but he might very well have been speaking about the now World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, which will appear at the Egyptian Theatre in Downtown DeKalb on Sunday, May 22 at 3:00pm.

The first orchestra Glenn Miller formed didn’t make it at all.  It was a total and absolute failure.  But Glenn knew what he wanted, held to that dedication and relentlessly worked to succeed.  He launched his second band in March of 1938, and unlike the first band, it became an enormous success.  And it has been a “hit” ever since.

The legendary Glenn Miller was one of the most successful of all the dance bandleaders back in the Swing era of the 1930s and ‘40s.  A matchless string of hit records, the constant impact of radio broadcasts, and the drawing power at theatres, hotels and dance pavilions build and sustained the momentum of popularity.

Glenn disbanded his musical organization in 1942, at the height of its popularity, volunteered for the Army and then organized and led the famous Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band.  It went to Europe to entertain servicemen, and then, on December 15, 1944, Major Miller took off in a single-engine plane fromEnglandto precede his band toFrance, never to be seen again.  The army declared him officially dead a year later.

Due to the popular demand, the Miller Estate authorized the formation of the present Glenn Miller Orchestra in 1956 under the direction of drummer Ray McKinley, who had become the unofficial leader of the Army Air Force Band after Glenn’s disappearance.  Since then, other leaders have followed Ray including clarinetists Buddy DeFranco and Peanuts Hucko, trombonists Buddy Morrow, Jimmy Henderson and Larry O’Brien, tenor saxophonist Dick Gerhart, and as of January 2011 trombonist Gary Tole.

The 19-member band continues to play many of the original Miller arrangements that keep exciting fans who have not heard them played for a while.  Additionally, they are also playing more modern selections in the big-band style, carefully selecting only those newer tunes that lend themselves naturally to the Miller style and sound, carefully selected pieces that will stay around for a while.  The entire repertoire which now exceeds 1,700 compositions keeps the band popular with both young and old.

Most of the band’s shows are sell-outs.  It has proven staying power, and its popularity has never seemed to wane.  Indeed, the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra today is still the most sought after big-band in the world just as it was in Glenn’s day.  It has been well over a decade since the Glenn Miller Orchestra last played in the DeKalb area; so don’t miss this rare opportunity!

Reserved tickets are available from $22-$32.  Tickets can be purchased through the Egyptian Theatre Box Office at 815-758-1225 or during box office hours which are Tuesday’s 2:00pm-6:00pm and Thursday’s 11:00am-3:00pm and tickets are always available online at www.egyptiantheatre.org.

The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra concert at the historic Egyptian Theatre is sponsored by Castle Bank.  Castle Bank customers should visit their nearest branch location to pick-up a coupon for discounted tickets.

The Egyptian Theatre is located at 135 N. 2nd Street in Downtown DeKalb, IL and is operated by Preservation of the Egyptian Theatre, Inc. a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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