Marching Band - Tom McGrath

It’s a big weekend coming up in Evanston with Northwestern’s Homecoming and the city’s Arts Week in full swing.

The NU Marching Band performs Wildcat fan favorites at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, during the Homecoming Concert and Pep Rally at Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St. Admission is free. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Northwestern’s 2008 Homecoming Parade begins at 8 p.m. Friday at the intersection of Sheridan Road and Chicago Avenue and proceeds north on Sheridan Road to Lincoln Street. Three-time Olympic medalist, Northwestern alumnus and Lake Forest resident Matt Grevers will be the grand marshall.

A post-parade fireworks display along the lakefront will begin about 9 p.m. on the North Beach adjacent to the Northwestern campus with viewing available anywhere along Evanston’s lakefront.

In the Homecoming Game at 11 a.m. Saturday, the Northwestern Wildcats will face the Purdue Boilermakers at Ryan Field, 1501 Central St. Tickets can be purchased online.

On the Arts Week calendar, the Northminster Players present a staged reading of Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None.” Performances at the Northminster Presbyterian Church are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The non-profit Northminster troupe is celebrating its 39th year of performing this year. (In the photo Joan McGrath as Judge Lucretia Wargrave has the noose on Ellen Fliesler, playing Vera Claythorne, as Andy Wheeler, playing Philip Lombard, intervenes with a gun.)

At Evanston Township High School the annual comedy show YAMO continues it run of Yamotube.com(edy). It’s YAMO’s 51st year and more than 100 students are involved in the production. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday in the school’s Upstairs Theatre. Tickets are $10. Call 847-424-7848.

Dance Showcase, Arts Week’s tribute to dance in all forms, will take the stage at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19, at the Levy Center, 300 Dodge Ave., Evanston. Among the companies schedued to perform in 2008 are Elements Contemporary Ballet (in the photo), Equilibrium Dance Company, Evanston Ballet, Evanston Dance Ensemble, Giordano Junior Company, and Urban Beat Dance. Admission to the Dance Showcase is free; donations are welcome.

Spooky Friday Films at the Evanston Public Library will show the 1956 horror classic “Invasion of the Bodysnatchers” at 3 p.m. Friday. It’s free in the Community Meeting Room at the library 1703 Orrington Ave.

And in the same venue at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Steve Justman presents a concert, “Vintage Folk, Classic Country: The Roots of American Music.”

The full Arts Week schedule is available here.

Photo credits: Marching Band by Tom McGrath, Northminster Players by Jim Mizell, Elements Contemporary Ballet by Matt Glavin.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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