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Posted inArt & Life

Proudly Braving the Elements: Evanston Pride Parade Kicks Off

Though Mother Nature threw a few curve balls this weekend, Evanston Pride, Inc. nevertheless staged its LGBTQ Pride Parade the afternoon of Saturday, June 26. The organization’s planned picnic and candle-lighting ceremony will be rescheduled thanks to the region’s inclement weather, but organizers were determined to let the parade proceed as scheduled, despite a heavy […]

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Evanston LGBTQ Organization Prepares for June Pride Celebration

A number of Evanstonians, who recently banded together to create a new community LGBTQ pride organization, unveiled plans for a Pride Month celebration at the end of June.  The function of Evanston Pride, Inc., according to its organizational website, “is to organize and support the full spectrum of local LGBTQIA+ community members through specialized programming […]

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Evanstonians and Senior Residents Share Holiday Cheer

Many residents at an Evanston senior living facility are being “adopted” by community volunteers for some extra cheer in the 2020 holiday season. Westminster Place, 3200 Grant St., which primarily offers independent living, assisted living and memory care services to about 500 residents, has for the past few years had an “adopt-a-grandparent” program in place […]

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New Documentary on the Legacy of Abner Mikva

A group of Chicago-area filmmakers, some with close Evanston connections, have produced a new documentary about the life and work of the late federal judge, congressman and political activist Abner Mikva.  The program, “Mikva! Democracy is a Verb,” airs at 8 p.m. on Oct. 29 on WTTW. It was directed by veteran documentarian Bob Hercules, […]

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Evanston Synagogues Pivot for Socially-Distanced High Holidays

Planning for the High Holidays was especially challenging for Evanston’s synagogues in 2020, as the COVID -19 pandemic has shown no signs of abating. Leaders at both Beth Emet and Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation (JRC) were this year faced with planning religious services for an occasion that is by definition about gathering together as a community […]

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Beth Emet Cantor Looks Ahead to Dec. 15 Chanukah Concert

For Cantor Kyle Cotler, who since July of this year has been the cantor at Evanston’s Beth Emet synagogue, liturgical music has long been a family affair. His father is Cantor Douglas Cotler, who regularly performs for Jewish American audiences and is also a Grammy Award-winning songwriter. He won the award for writing the song […]