‘Matilda the Musical’ does NU’s Dolphin Show proud

Matilda the Musical, the 80th annual Dolphin Show at Northwestern University’s Cahn Auditorium is a delight and well worth seeing. The Dolphin Show is renowned for being “America’s largest student-produced musical.” Choosing to produce a show where most of the characters are children might give one pause, but this cast nails it. The ensemble, referred to as ‘kids’ in the program, has a heavy lift and they deliver. But there are many other reasons to go see…

ETHS chess: Wildkits win conference tournament

Evanston Township High School doubled up on its North Suburban Chess League regular season championship by winning the NSCL Conference Tournament on Saturday after defeating Glenbrook…

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Art Makers Outpost to feature local singer-songwriters at Sunday concert

Art Makers Outpost, a space for making art and community connections, will transform into a nightclub this Sunday, Jan. 22, for its Outpost After Dark concert series. Co-founder and creative director Valerie Kahan said “twinkling lights, intimate seating, swanky bar tables and a welcoming, inclusive vibe” will create a “magical evening” for everyone in the community. Kahan has been friends with Anna Soltys (an artist and musician) and Chris Greene (also a musician)…

Evanston librarian wins national ‘I Love My Librarian’ award

When Elacsha Madison is in the Evanston Public Library, she usually can be found on the third floor, in a parent-free zone just for teens. Energetic, enthusiastic and full of projects aimed at engaging tweens and teens with books and culture, the 35-year-old Madison almost bubbles with optimism. Madison, interim Innovation and Digital Learning Manager at the Evanston Public Library, was selected as one of 10 librarians in the country by the American…

Two Evanston locals star in Marriott Theatre’s ‘Big Fish’

Two actors with Evanston connections, Heidi Kettenring and Lucy Godinez, star in the upcoming production of Big Fish at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, scheduled to run from Jan. 25 to March 19. At its heart, Big Fish is the story of the relationship between a father, Edward Bloom, and a son, Will Bloom, and Will’s attempt to understand his father despite Edward’s use of fantasy and telling tall tales to distance himself…

‘Matilda the Musical’ takes the stage at NU’s Dolphin Show

In the 35 years since it was published, Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical has been performed on Broadway and made into at least two feature movies. Each production relied on children to fill many roles. In a few days, on Friday, Jan. 20, Northwestern University’s Dolphin Show, America’s largest student-produced musical, now in its 80th year, is set to take up the musical. NU’s undergraduates are scheduled to sing, dance and act their…

Movie review: Hopeful ‘Empire of Light’ is genius movie-making

Empire of Light, a new film written and directed by Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty, 1999) is an intimate tale about a likable, exceedingly resilient woman named Hilary Small who must repeatedly reconstruct her self-confidence around exacerbations of bipolar illness.  This is Mendes’s first solo-scripted film, a story informed by his experience growing up in a single-parent home with his schizophrenic mother. Empire of Light is genius moviemaking amplified by a top-tier…

Community lights a candle for MLK Day

The word “love” echoed in Northwestern University’s Alice Millar Chapel – bouncing on the stained glass windows as it hopped off each speaker’s tongue. Residents packed the chapel pews Monday afternoon for a candlelight vigil in honor of the Baptist minister and civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Monday afternoon, who would have turned 94 on Jan. 15. A single white candle glowed unwaveringly in front of the wooden podium. “I have…

Why these ten walked

On a rainy Monday, hundreds took part in the two-mile Walk for Warmth, a community effort to raise money for the Interfaith Action of Evanston and to honor civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. by being of service today. King listed the three evils to fight in society as racism, poverty and war, but he wrote in 1967 that poverty was at the center of the agenda. As the National Alliance Against…

The Art of Making Art: Len Koroski

The artist and architect Len Koroski designs and creates wood furniture and other functional wood pieces. He is a woodworker with a table saw, wood planer and drill press in his workshop along with other woodworking implements and finishing materials. While proud of his woodworking ability, Koroski emphasizes that art is not just what you hang on the wall, but it can be designed items that are both beautiful and functional to be…

‘I Have a Dream,’ Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Today while we celebrate service to one another, we honor a man of action, courage and deep faith, who also knew how to make words resonate in people’s hearts – the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Thanks to technology, we can still hear his voice from Aug. 28, 1963, as he stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial speaking to a vast audience of people in Washington D.C. marching for jobs and…

How to honor MLK and be of service in Evanston

Since 1983, Martin Luther King Jr. Day has been a federal holiday on the third Monday of every January to mark the birthday on Jan. 15, 1929, of the Civil Rights leader. But a decade after it was established, Congress also designated it to be a National Day of Service – the only federal holiday to also be a day of service, a “day on, not a day off.” Coretta Scott King said at…

Lift every voice and sing: MLK celebration a platform to listen

A hush fell on the rows of packed pews in Nichols Concert Hall as Mark George, president and chief executive of the Music Institute of Chicago, made his way to the microphone. Hundreds of people gathered to watch award-winning musicians and dancers perform Sunday afternoon in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “I believe that building this program around the arts creates a platform,” George began. “A platform to listen. “It’s my…

From YAMO cast member to Hollywood heavyweight

ETHS grad Douglas Wood recalls a storied journey, including novelist

In a casita just outside Albuquerque, N.M., Douglas Wood is miles away from Evanston, but never far from the memories of his days at ETHS, where a trio of talented teachers ignited the creative spark that set him on a path for success in the entertainment industry.  Recently retired, the 1975 graduate has worked as an actor, script writer, film executive and novelist. He has shared the stage with John Malkovich, starred with…

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