Good Tuesday morning, Evanston.

Above, 9-year-old Jeremiah Childress joins a drum circle at the Kwanzaa Festival on Monday at the Robert Crown Community Center. “Everybody should be able to join a drum circle, from the pauper to a president,” said Tony “Toneji” Garrett, who led the circle. (Photo by Richard Cahan)

Monday was the start of Kwanzaa and the end of Hanukkah, a confluence celebrated at a Fountain Square ceremony featuring both the menorah and the kinara. “The beauty of Kwanzaa is that it teaches us that we are better together, we are more together,” said Pastor Ken Cherry of Christ Temple Church.

During this holiday week, the RoundTable will be sending out a shorter-than-usual newsletter. We’ll be back to our usual verbose selves Jan. 3. For now, don’t miss these stories:

Credit: Courtesy of the Evanston History Center

Last month’s excitement over the AMC Evanston 12’s grand opening proved one thing: This city loves its movie theaters. And it has for decades: Gay Riseborough writes about when Evanston had four movie houses, and recalls a few stolen kisses in the dark. She also recounts what happened to all those silver screens.

Credit: Gina Castro

The RoundTable’s Gina Castro and some curious Evanstonians gathered earlier this month to learn the art of making Mexican tamales from Rocio Mancer and María Rosario Mendoza, local experts. For Castro, kneading the corn masa brought back Christmas memories of cooking Puerto Rican pasteles with her family. And in case all this makes you hungry, she passes along a recipe for green chile tamales.

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