The brown paper has gone up, marking the closing of another downtown Evanston restaurant.

Post date: December 27, 2016 - 1:31pm

Phenomenal virtuoso Jeffrey Biegel debuts with the Evanston Symphony Orchestra, led by Music Director Lawrence Eckerling, in the blockbuster of all piano concertos, the Third Concerto of Rachmaninoff.

The 1996 film Shine was built around the struggles of pianist David Helfgott with the mental and musical challenges posed by this epic concerto.

Prokofiev’s concert suite, drawn from his 1934 score for the Soviet film Lt. Kije, is a long-time favorite, and the program concludes with another concert suite prepared by composer John Williams from his blockbuster Star Wars.

Post date: December 27, 2016 - 9:45am

A citizens group faces a deadline next week to gather nearly 2,000 petition signatures to place a referendum on the April election ballot in Evanston that would increase sales and other taxes to raise over $7 million a year to fund a new independent police review board.

Post date: December 27, 2016 - 5:41am

The lead in the second half changed hands a total of 14 times between Evanston’s basketball team and Providence of Jacksonville (Fla.) in the first round of the Beach Ball Classic tournament held in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

That’s when Lance Jones decided to put the game in his own hands.

Two steals by the ETHS sophomore guard that resulted in layups at the other end in the last two minutes helped the Wildkits edge the Stallions 53-52 Monday night.

Post date: December 26, 2016 - 9:26pm

The Evanston Symphony Orchestra, led by Music Director Lawrence Eckerling, presents Blockbusters of 1830.

Soloist Kate Liu returns to the Evanston Symphony to celebrate Chopin’s birthday in his glittering First Piano Concerto. This is the concerto for which Kate won third prize in last year’s International Chopin Competition, the first American to win a prize there since 1970.

The Symphonie fantastique of Hector Berlioz is among the most revolutionary orchestral advances in music history, and its 1830 premiere followed that of Chopin’s concerto by less than two months.

Post date: December 26, 2016 - 12:06pm

League of Women Voters-Evanston Lunch/Presentation on Monday, Jan. 09, 2017

Speaker:  Jim Kenney, Topic:  "What Happened at the November Election"

Co-founded Common Ground in 1975 and has led it to become a respected Center for inquiry, study and dialogue.

The League of Women Voters of  Evanston will present Jim Kenney, Executive Director of Common Ground, speaking on "What Happened at the November Election.'

When:     Jan. 09, 2017

Where:    The Merion, Crystal Ballroom

Post date: December 26, 2016 - 10:38am

A bit of snow is expected this evening in Evanston with temperatures warming for the Christmas holiday.

Post date: December 23, 2016 - 4:51pm

The Evanston/Skokie School District 65 hopes to install a new board member by Jan. 23 to fill the vacancy caused by the impending resignation of the board’s vice president, Richard Rykhus.

Rykhus, whose second term on the board is set to expire in April 2019, announced earlier this week that he intends to resign, effective Jan. 11, due to work and family commitments.

In a news release Friday, the district invited interested residents to submit a completed application, along with a resume, by Jan. 19 at 4 p.m.

Post date: December 23, 2016 - 3:35pm

Evanston police made two arrests, on Sheridan Road and on Church Street, involving charges of driving under the influence. These among the stories in today’s daily crime bulletin from Evanston police.

Post date: December 23, 2016 - 2:54pm

Evanston City Clerk Rodney Greene announced today that there will be a primary election for mayor and 5th Ward alderman in February.

The primary is called for under state law, Greene said, because each of those contests has five candidates seeking election.

The primary, on Feb. 28, will winnow the field in each race to two candidates, unless one candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote. In that case, the primary result would be final and the contest wouldn't appear on the April 4 general election ballot.

Post date: December 23, 2016 - 2:52pm