Credit: Richard Cahan

Good Friday morning, Evanston.

It’s been such a long time since we’ve blithely gathered in groups to enjoy the arts, athletics and the social pleasures of crowds. The return of a robust social life is still not guaranteed (see the yo-yo-ing of Covid, flu and RSV numbers) but slowly, public life is returning to Evanston.

The legendary Practical Theatre Company is back in town after the pandemic. The first of seven nights of Vic & Paul & Dana’s Post-Pandemic Revue debuted Thursday at Studio5. Photographer Richard Cahan slipped in and out early to bring you this image above (more to come!) of Paul Barrosse (right), joined by Victoria Zielinski and Dana Olsen. “We really missed you,” said Zielinski.

Like the old country song “How can I miss you when you won’t go away,” we at the RoundTable are sticking around in order to bring you the news and reviews of our corner of the universe, even in this abbreviated holiday version. But don’t worry, we’ll be back at full strength and length next week. Now, on to the news…

Evanston’s Zuri Ransom brings the ball up court during Evanston’s 44-40 win over Maine South last month. (Credit: Michael Kellams/ Credit: Michael Kellams/

Those ETHS girls basketball players, finally healthy, are on a tear as they find their moves and grooves. After a disappointing start to the Morton Christmas Basketball Tournament, the Kits have won two games and advanced to the consolation bracket championship, where they’ll play Sycamore at 3:30 p.m. today at Morton College, 3801 S Central Ave. in Cicero, in case your afternoon is free.

BTW, skate night is back at Fleetwood-Jourdain, starting tonight.

Central Street and Green Bay Avenue on Thursday. City of Evanston photo

Do your best to avoid Central Street and Green Bay Avenue this morning, as public works crews are still cleaning up after a water main break caused sewer damage and a sinkhole Thursday morning. Luckily, only two customers in the local shopping district were affected, but the city is asking drivers to steer clear of the intersection.

The long-awaited graduate workers union vote has been set for Jan. 10 and 11. (Photo by Joerg Metzer)

For six years, NU graduate students have been talking about forming a union, and an election date is finally set: Jan. 10 and 11. Since many don’t take daily classes any more, they prefer the term “graduate workers,” pointing out their essential role in keeping Northwestern teaching, research and curriculum underway. They are part of a nationwide wave of unionization taking place on college campuses.

Help us meet our yearend goal!

Time’s running out to donate to the RoundTable during our year-end NewsMatch campaign, where every dollar you contribute is doubled by generous local and national funders. We need 1,000 generous Evanstonians to help us meet our goal – and as you can see above, we’re getting close!

The RoundTable is on a mission to promote civic engagement by providing high quality journalism that keeps Evanston informed. For example, during the recent midterm elections, Alex Harrison’s ballot guide was one of our best-read stories in October, helping voters sort through 64 candidates running for 36 open positions, 61 judges running for retention and three referendums from three different levels of government.

Along with the ins and outs of the ballot, we answered your questions on where to vote early and on election day, and covered the election results. And we didn’t miss the human side of the story either: Rich Cahan asked voters at the Robert Crown Community Center why they voted and if they were worried about democracy. His photo essay still makes for compelling reading.

If you already are a RoundTable member – thank you for your support! And, please consider making a year-end contribution during the NewsMatch campaign. If you haven’t donated to the RoundTable yet – there’s no better time than right now!

Contribute $150 or more to the campaign and you’ll receive Evanston Scenes, a special collection of 10 greeting cards featuring the award-winning photography of RoundTable photographers Richard Cahan and Joerg Metzner!

Pat Sullivan

Patricia Sullivan worked at the Washington Post for about 20 years, covering everything from news obituaries to politics to hurricanes. She spent a year as a liaison between IT staff and the newsroom,...