May 12, 2022

Ukrainian Poetry Reading, Paddleboarding, NIU Steelband & More – Shaw Local

1. Hear local poets read poems written by Ukrainians during ‘Sunflower Seeds: Poetry for Ukraine’ – 7 p.m. Fridays at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 900 Normal Road in DeKalb

Poetry reading will be a benefit for Ukrainian refugees, with donations going to Doctors Without Borders. Local poets Bonnie and Ric Amesquita, John Bradley, Marilyn Cleland, Joseph Gastiger, Becky Parfitt and Susan Azar Porterfield will read, featuring Ukrainian poets. All are welcome.

The event will also be held virtually and can be viewed on the church website Youtube channel.

2. Attend “The Bird Conference” presented by the NIU School of Theater and Dance – 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Black Box Theater, 200 University Circle in DeKalb

Based on a 12th century Sufi poem, “The Conference of Birds” follows a group of birds on a spiritual quest for enlightenment. This fantastic piece of lyrical adventure unfolds through figurative language, movement and dance. “The Conference of the Birds” is by Sholeh Wolpé, adapted from Attar’s epic poem.

Other times and dates include 7:30 p.m. on April 7 and 8 and 2 p.m. on April 9.

For more information or to buy tickets, visit NIU College of Visual and Performing Arts website.

3. Chill out to the Caribbean sounds of NIU’s Steelband at an after-hours concert – 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the DeKalb Public Library, 309 Oak St. in DeKalb

The NIU Steelband is dedicated to demonstrating the versatility and depth of the steelpan, the national instrument of Trinidad and Tobago. The concert will be an eclectic program of musical styles showcasing the versatility and depth of steelpan. The concert is free and open to all.

For more information, email [email protected] or call 815-756-9568, ext. 1701.

4. Experience yoga on a floating stand-up paddleboard in the pool – 3 p.m. Sunday at NIU’s Anderson Hall Pool in DeKalb

Stand-up paddleboarding is a fun activity that can challenge your balance and invigorate your heart. Each class is guided by instruction aimed at challenging as well as relaxing and relaxing. Classes are organized by NIU Outdoor Adventures and NIU Recreation.

The cost per session is $10 for an NIU student or $20 for a non-student, or for all three sessions is $21 for an NIU student or $42 for non-students.

Registration can be completed in line.

5. Attend a concert of The Oh Yeahs – 3 p.m. Sunday at the Sandwich Opera House, 140 E. Railroad St. in Sandwich

The Oh Yeahs are an acoustic band made up of three of Chicago’s finest singers and multi-instrumentalists: Leslie Beukelman, Allison Orobia and Sarah Marie Young. The Oh Yeahs sing and play a collection of music including original compositions, current pop hits, showcasing their signature sound of three-part folk harmonies and classics from artists such as Johnny Cash, The Beatles and Crosby, Stills and Nash.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online from the Sandwich Opera House website.

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