‘Girls rule’: Teen-led event offers inspiration, empowerment

‘Girls rule’: Teen-led event offers inspiration, empowerment

“No Scrubs” by TLC and “Déjà vu” by Olivia Rodrigo echoed through a speaker as dozens of young girls sang along at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center.  Nearly 100 girls from around Illinois participated Saturday in Girls Who Lead, a day of empowering workshops hosted by the founder of the Her Rising nonprofit, Cherie Animashaun, who is a junior at Niles West High School. Animashaun has been hard at work distributing her workbooks – Compass: Her…

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Bookends & Beginnings’ top 10 April bestsellers

Bookends & Beginnings’ top 10 April bestsellers

Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel. Narratives from the past, present and future overlap through time travel, the beauty of the North American wilderness and the song of the violin. Fans of The Glass Hotel…

Questions for Nina Kraus

Questions for Nina Kraus

Nina Kraus is Hugh Knowles Professor of Communication Sciences, Neurobiology, and Otolaryngology at Northwestern University. As a biologist and amateur musician, she thinks about sound and brain health. Her research has found that our lives…

Book review: The year of living frugally

Book review: The year of living frugally

Food. Toiletries. Light bulbs. A few pairs of shoes for the kids. How much other stuff does a family truly need in one year? That question – and the consumption of household items in general…

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The week in photos: May 16-23

The week in photos: May 16-23

This week’s spring photography is all purple and green, with falling lilac pedals and a “green alley.” Neither rain nor mud hindered Saturday’s rodeo-themed Dillo Day…

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No stopping this rodeo: Dillo Day returns

No stopping this rodeo: Dillo Day returns

Crowd of 5,000-plus enjoyed the music, food and fun

Neither rain nor mud nor cooler temperatures hindered Saturday’s rodeo-themed Dillo Day music festival, which took over the lakefill behind the Norris University Center on Northwestern’s campus.  “Dillo” is an abbreviation of armadillo and this year’s fest, the first in-person event since 2019, was a 50th anniversary celebration. The original Armadillo Day was a group of Texan NU undergrads getting together in the 1970s to reconnect to home through music, according to a…

Portrait of an elm: The mother tree in Maple Court

Portrait of an elm: The mother tree in Maple Court

People walking by on the sidewalk stop in their tracks and look up with their mouths open, craning their necks to see its crown. Some run right up to it and press their entire bodies up against the rough bark, stretching their arms out to the side with hands splayed to reach as far around as possible. Others take photos from different angles, stepping back on the parkway or even to the other…

Organizations join forces for boozy art crawl

Organizations join forces for boozy art crawl

Community members flocked to Main and Dempster streets on a week night to sip craft beverages while perusing the work of local artists at the Evanston Arts & Craft Beverage Crawl. “Many people were eager to see and buy art, and the stores being able to share their space made a great way to bring new people in,” said Katherine Gotsick, Executive Director at the Main-Dempster Mile, the community organization that hosted the…

Evanston performer finds ‘we are all connected through art’

Evanston performer finds ‘we are all connected through art’

Claudia Renteria began her acting career when she was 12. In Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico, Renteria began attending summer school, which included theater class. It is that love of art that helped her through the many changes she has made in her life. “Theater has saved my life many times,” she said. “Once I started taking the classes, I loved it.” The RoundTable sat down with Renteria to talk about the impact of art…

The Weekender: The Roundtable Roundup

The Weekender: The Roundtable Roundup

Happy Friday! Looks like a mix of sun and rain in the forecast this weekend. Rain or shine, I’ll be stopping by the Evanston Garden Fair where members of the Lincolnwood Garden Club will be selling plants from their own gardens. I remember my grandmother once told me her favorite plants in her sprawling urban garden were the ones that had been passed over the fence by neighbors eager to share their gardening…

Eye on Evanston: Thoughts on Design | An overdue salute to Diane Korling, a founding member of Design Evanston

Eye on Evanston: Thoughts on Design | An overdue salute to Diane Korling, a founding member of Design Evanston

When Design Evanston published its book Evanston’s Design Heritage in 2020, one important planner was missing from the collection of essays: Diane Korling was not available to be interviewed for the book because of a serious injury. We’ve since researched and written her story and belatedly present it here. In 1980, Diane was a founding member of Design Evanston. She devoted her career to environmental concerns focusing on the location and design impacts…

Pre-Dillo Day prep: NU and city  promote neighborliness

Pre-Dillo Day prep: NU and city promote neighborliness

Dillo Day returns to Northwestern University this Saturday, May 21, and the lakefront festival is celebrating its 50th anniversary. To prepare, city and university officials hosted a virtual meeting with campus neighbors May 17 to review health and safety concerns surrounding the all-day event, which is expected to draw 12,000 people. Organized by the student group Mayfest Productions, Dillo Day is the largest student-run music festival in the country. Dave Davis, Executive Director…

Former Evanston child actor off to college, ‘balancing who I am as a person now’

Former Evanston child actor off to college, ‘balancing who I am as a person now’

ETHS grad Eloise Lushina is on a career hiatus, focusing on academics

In October 2016, Evanston child actor Eloise Lushina was on her way to Kentucky with her parents to film the Netflix horror movie Family Blood when she was hit by the enormity of missing out on Halloween. She wanted to dress up in costume with her friends, but her mother said she didn’t think there was time. “I wanted to try to somehow balance a normal life with the acting life from a young age,” said Lushina, now a…

Theater review: ‘Athena’ is about fencing – and much more

Theater review: ‘Athena’ is about fencing – and much more

Athena, now playing at the Writers Theatre, is all about fencing and not about fencing at all. The stage is a piste – the official flat strip or platform where fencers compete. The audience is seated above and on both sides of the action. The two teenage fencers spend most of their time on stage in fencing gear. Action, action and more action is happening all the time. The conversations, though, are about anything…

Levy Lecture: ‘Chicago by Gaslight’ with Rich Lindberg

Levy Lecture: ‘Chicago by Gaslight’ with Rich Lindberg

“Chicago rebuilt quickly after the great fire of Oct. 8, 1871. The fire proved to be the catalyst that jolted the city forward from the status of raw and rugged frontier village into a Gilded Age metropolis within the span of one generation.” So began historian and author Rich Lindberg’s virtual Levy Lecture, Chicago by Gaslight: A History of Chicago’s Netherworld, 1880-1920. The May 10 presentation, based on research compiled for his book…

Butterfield’s bronze horse grazes in memory of Evanston philanthropist

Butterfield’s bronze horse grazes in memory of Evanston philanthropist

Fifth in a series of articles on public art in Evanston created by women

Duna is the name of the large, grayish bronze horse set out in 1998 to graze in Oldberg Park, the triangular green tract where Elgin Road, Clark Street and Sherman Avenue come together. By well-known and much-in-demand contemporary artist Deborah Butterfield, this sculpture was created and cast in bronze from pieces of found wood, as are most of her sculptures. The accompanying plaque says the artwork was given “in memory of Catherine R.…

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