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The play isn’t the only thing for playwright Brett Neveu. P22 NO. 223 | A JWC MEDIA PUBLICATION

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TALENT REBOOT

D-112 ushers out BDR3; Cohn resigns McKenzie School parents BY JULIE KEMP PICK DAILYNORTHSHORE.COM

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he first North Shore School District 112 meeting of 2017 began with a letter of resignation from Board President Michael Cohn and went from delaying BDR3 for a year to a unanimous vote to “not implement” BDR3. This means all 12 D-112 schools will remain open for now. Board Vice President Samantha Stolberg said there will be five new board members and a new superintendent in May, so even if the current board members “vote to delay BDR3 until the 2018/19 school year, it doesn’t matter because the new board can do whatever they want. We’re better off just taking it off the table entirely.” She led the meeting in Cohn’s absence. Earlier in the January 3 meeting, Stolberg asked Superintendent Dr. Michael Bregy to explain the original intent of BDR3 from February 2016, and he said it was to close three or four school buildings to save $5 million. Bregy said the cabinet still wants to move ahead Continued on PG 6

rev for 37th annual variety show BY EMILY SPECTRE DAILYNORTHSHORE.COM

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olunteers for the famed variety show at McKenzie Elementary School are just starting to kick into high gear as rehearsals begin for the 37th annual show, which will be performed in mid-March. Of course, that doesn’t mean work just began on a show that entertains the entire community and is the school’s largest fundraiser to boot. Almost as soon as the 2016 show is a wrap, volunteers begin thinking about the next year and who will step up to direct and produce the show. “The time commitment is huge,” said Elizabeth Belkind, who directs the show this year. But don’t take that comment as a complaint — from a mother of three who also works full time — Belkind loves volunteering for the variety show. “I think it is such a big community-building experience for parents,” Belkind said. She has participated in the show for four years after discovering the show was the perfect outlet. “For a working parent it was difficult for me to get to know other people,” she said. But when Belkind joined the variety show, she found a community of friends, as well as a way to give back to the school. Christi Harrison, who is

The McKenzie school play director Elizabeth Belkind, center, is flanked by co-producers Christi Harrison and Jeff Goldman. PHOTOGRAPHY BY GEORGE PFOERTNER.

producing the show with Jeff Goldman, couldn’t agree more. “I think the biggest thing it adds is adult relationships outside of children,” she said. While it can take years to make connections in many schools, Harrison thinks the variety show is a game changer. “Once I did the variety show I realized you are in. You’ve met 100 people,” she said.

Like Harrison and Belkind, Goldman finds the variety show a perfect way to meet friends. “It is a nice way to be involved in the community and be involved on a more social level,” he said. For instance, at the first cast meeting Goldman met a new parent who had just moved to Wilmette. “By the time the show is over he is going to have all

these friends he didn’t have before,” Goldman remarked. The variety show truly is unique. Instead of a traditional student talent show, this show is created, directed, produced and performed entirely by parents. On any given year, audiences are entertained by a dedicated group of volunteers who dress up in silly costumes and sing popular tunes.

That said, parents have to be willing to let their guards down a little bit. “You really have to become vulnerable to do the show,” Harrison said. While it may take some risk, in the end most parents find the experience rewarding. “It creates a warm community of acceptance. It is Continued on PG 6

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talent reboot McKenzie School parents rev for 37th annual variety show.

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8  love & marriage

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Columnist revisits enlightening — and sweet — ’16.

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REBOOT Cont. from PG 1 all about the kids and having fun,” Belkind said. “When you are backstage there is a lot of camaraderie. You are surrounded in positivity throughout the whole experience,” she added. The process begins the previous spring, when the director and producers meet with other parent volunteers to choose a theme for the show. Every year, the show has a different theme that ties together each of the 20 or so acts. The theme is a coveted secret that is revealed to the students two weeks before the performances on a school bulletin board. While it’s too early to reveal the theme, Belkind said this year her focus was on connecting with everyone. “I wanted an all-encompassing theme that was going to resonate with the kids and the community,” she said. Most of the acts include current songs the kids will recognize, with a few golden oldies. Once the theme is chosen, parents spend the summer writing new lyrics to popular songs. Following tradition, the show will include a teacher number, as well as a tap dancing and hip hop act. While this year marks Dr. Denise Welter’s last as school principal before she retires, Dr. Welter will still participate as she has every year. “(Dr. Welter)

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The cast of the 2017 Variety Show at McKenzie Elementary School. PHOTO BY GEORGE PFOERTNER.

is a big part of it. It is a great way for her to be involved with the community,” Goldman said. He appreciates the teachers and staff who take part in the show. “The administration is very openminded to supporting the show,” Goldman noted. This year about 120 parents are volunteering for the production, which includes many roles beyond the cast, such as set production, business management and a social committee. The social

technology officer, and Dr. Monica Schroeder, assistant suwith BDR3 as “the work has been perintendent personnel services, will take over as interim co-sudone.” Bregy recommended closing perintendents until a new superLincoln, Green Bay, Elm Place intendent is hired, per Bregy’s and Ravinia as a backup plan in recommendation. The board the advent of a failed March 2016 voted unanimously in favor of all Referendum. At the February 16 three. Bregy explained that because D-112 meeting, BDR3 was approved by a 4 to 3 vote, with those no action can be taken at D-112 voting no saying they needed Committee of the Whole meetmore time to make an informed ings, a Special Meeting followed decision. Eric Ephraim, Karla immediately afterward to enable Livney and Stolberg all voted no. the board to vote on the interim Ephraim still feels the same superintendents, as well as on way in 2017. “Without any lead- BDR3. ership in place, we should delay Stolberg said there are seven BDR3,” he said. potential candidates for interim Karla Livney suggested to superintendent that the board “revoke not delay BDR3.” will interview on January 18 and Ephraim agreed that BDR3 19 with the goal of having callshould be taken out and said the backs on January 24. board should have a “cohesive Bregy said there’s a 45-day process with the Reconfiguration window to fill Cohn’s position, 2.0 Community Team.” which expires in 2019. Denham’s These decisions came less than position expires this April. a month after resignations from Schroeder read Cohn’s resignaBregy and board member Jacque- tion letter at the January 3, Comline Denham. Both Bregy and mittee of the Whole meeting, as Cohn will be leaving two years Cohn was attending a condolence before their terms are up in 2019. call. He thanked Dr. Bregy for Jennifer Ferrari, assistant su- his leadership during these “experintendent for teaching and tremely difficult years,” and exlearning, Dr. John Petzke, chief pressed disdain for the way some

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store and liked the people. We hope the store can keep going for the historical value to Winnetka,” akeside Foods was sold to she said. The Kohs do not plan to make new owners in December, but don’t expect any major any major changes to the store and changes to the iconic Winnetka will continue to stock the same grocery store located at 800 Elm products that customers love. Street. “I’ve heard from a lot of cus“We came to this store and tomers that they come in specifiliked the people. We hoped the cally for the deli and meat,” store could keep going for the Tammy Koh said, noting they historical value of Winnetka,” would continue purchasing those Tammy Koh told DailyNorth- items from the same source. “If Shore.com. Koh purchased Lake- we make changes it will be for the side Foods with her husband, better, not the worse,” she added. Over time the Kohs may conCheng Koh. Lakeside Foods has been an sider adding new items to the store, institution in Winnetka since but only what customers want. “If 1958, when it was established by there is a need to bring in new Archie Gaudreau, according to products we will definitely do it for the store’s website. Most recently our customers,” she said. Likewise, they don’t envision Lakeside Foods was owned by Brian and Terri Geraghty. making any structural changes The Kohs moved to Evanston to the storefront. “I understand four years ago from California, that this building is iconic in where they own several grocery Winnetka, and so as long as it is stores, when their child started at safe to be here, we won’t make Northwestern University. Tammy any major structural changes,” Koh said she and her husband she said. And the Kohs do not foresee spent the past year looking all over the area for a grocery store to any changes for employees. “I was purchase. When they stumbled very impressed by the customer upon Lakeside Foods the couple service that the staff provided. I was smitten. “We came to the felt very welcome,” Koh said. BY EMILY SPECTRE DAILYNORTHSHORE.COM

committee organizes events at local restaurants each week after rehearsal. The parents put on a total of eight shows — beginning with an alumnae night where only alumnae are invited to attend the performance — and then a show each night of the week with a finale of two shows on Saturday, including one that is light-andsound sensitive for kids with special needs. Every year all of the shows are residents treated the superintendent and the board members. “We pride ourselves on being a ‘Character Counts’ community, but in this case people thought others would just avert and close their eyes to this disrespectful behavior,” he said. “Our children did not close their eyes and they’ve now learned that being a bully is appropriate as demonstrated by their parents.” Cohn also spoke about the benefits of BDR3 and said “these issues are not going away.” “The unfortunate reality is that no future referendum will pass when others in the community are asked to give something up at the expense of one part of town,” he said. “Take the Ravinia renovation costs plus the Braeside renovation costs and you nearly have enough to build a new school for the whole southeast part of town.” Board member Jane SolmorMordini said, “It’s unfortunate that we lost another warrior. Michael Cohn gave six years of his life volunteering 24/7. We’ve all behaved poorly.” Breezy said, “Michael easily put in more than 40 hours a week at no pay. He could’ve easily been

sold out, with the proceeds donated to the McKenzie PTA. Organizers anticipate raising more than $22,000. While those funds are used for field trips, speakers and other programming for students, ultimately the variety show is much more than just a fundraiser. “I think what is really important is that this isn’t just about fundraising, it is really about community building,” Goldman said.

given an office here.” Bregy added that he was disappointed he couldn’t spend his last D-112 meeting with Cohn. The interim co-superinten-

dents will take Bregy’s place at the January 17 Board of Education meeting, as he will be readying for his new position as superintendent of the Beverly Hills

Unified School District in California, which will begin February 1. In his letter, Cohn added how “lucky” Bregy’s new students will be.


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Columnist revisits enlightening — and sweet — ’16 In July I lamented the void of decent television programming, and determined that my marriage was probably suffering because of it. Propeller Insights and Xfinity released a study for which they surveyed 1,935 adults age 25-49 about their interactions over television and found that 66 percent of couples said watching TV together has strengthened their relationship; for millennial couples (people born between the early 1980s and mid-1990s), it’s almost 75 percent. Toward that end, nearly 30 percent of couples have canceled a social engagement to watch their favorite TV show. Singles reported that television preferences affect them, too. Forty-three percent of respondents have gone on a date based on a potential mate’s television preferences, and 28 percent have year. I met some insightful people chosen not to date someone during that time; I hope you because of their television preferenjoyed their remarks as much as ences. I did. Today, my walk continues. But in September I met two

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closed out 2016 with a walk down Memory Lane — a look back at where this column led me during the first half of the

couples that illustrate beautifully the “Couples that play together stay together” maxim. Glenview’s Ron and Melinda Harris manage and perform together with the Sing to Live Community Chorus, a group of 85 singers whose lives have been touched by breast cancer; Gary Page and Lynne Kelley of Arlington Heights sing in the same group. To hear Melinda and Ron Harris speak about their shared hobby and the ways they work together within the larger group of singers made me smile. We should all have a spouse who speaks of us with such pride. Explained Ron Harris, “When we have a concert, we get to share the accomplishment with each other and everyone in the chorus,” Ron Harris said. “I am so proud of (Melinda, a cancer survivor who founded the chorus a decade ago) after every concert, seeing how she works to keep the Board together and pull everything off. It’s different than if we just played

golf together or something like that.” A similarly proud husband emailed me in November with his thoughts on couples who shop together. I had written in October about a British study which found that men spend more than three weeks of their lives waiting for their significant other to finish shopping. Researchers broke it down in this way: 23 minutes per shopping trip spent killing time while the girlfriend or wife browses and tries on clothes, multiplied by two joint shopping trips per month and 12 months in a year comes out to more than nine hours per year waiting for the wife to make up her mind. Over the average adult lifespan, that works out to 24 days killing time outside of dressing rooms. About half of those men surveyed follow their wives around the store, while 37 percent escape to a quiet spot away from the merchandise. They pass the time

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and millennials like the space and high ride that SUVs offer, and the segment’s improvement in fuel economy makes them competitive with smaller automobiles, according to an Associated Press report in early January. Jaguar might be late to the game in the popular segment, but

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axle receives all of the engine torque when conditions are normal. When greater traction is needed, Jaguar Intelligent Driveline Dynamics (IDD) ensures that the right amount of torque is transferred to the front axle. It takes no more than a scant 165 milliseconds to complete the

conveyance. It takes longer than that to blink an eye. The Drive Control and the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system serve as other appealing elements of the Jaguar DNA. “There’s a lot of technology in the SUV, and its engine [a supercharged V6] is great,” Aron says. “The software is fresh, high-end. “The F-PACE,” he adds, “is the best of its kind in the [luxury] SUV market.” The price of the rookie SUV starts from $42,390 for V6 gas engines and from $40,990 for 4-cyl diesel engines. Its large luggage compartment measures 33.5 cubic feet. Among FPACE’s other amenities are its InControl infotainment center (including a 10.2-inch capacitive touch screen), an advanced chassis and suspension system and Adaptive LED headlamps. The V6 engine delivers a 0-60mph performance in 5.1 seconds, providing yet another piece of evidence that the brand’s SUV falls right in line with Jaguar’s longtime vision: To produce beautiful, fast cars that are desired the world over. Standing a few feet from an F-PACE on a cold, snowy

December morning in the Imperial Motors showroom in Lake Bluff, Aron takes inventory. Not of auto parts, but of his job’s perks. “I get to deal with a real cool clientele,” he says, exuding a sincere appreciation for serving as a North Shore consumer-automobile matchmaker. “I’m around luxury cars and wonderful people every day. The Jaguar brand is a lot of fun, with a great heritage. It’s a unique brand. “And I get to provide jobs. We have 30 employees here, and many of them have been with us for many years.” Jaguar and its brother, Land Rover — known mostly for producing models with tremendous off-road capability — employ 32,000 people and sell vehicles in 170 countries. Jaguar/Land Rover is represented by more than 330 independently operated retail outlets in the U.S. For more information about the 2017 Jaguar F-PACE, visit imperialmotors.com, jaguarusa.com and media.jaguar.com, or call Imperial Motors in Lake Bluff, (847) 615-0606, or in Wilmette, (847) 256-0606. The Wilmette location is 721 Green Bay Road.

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Guests gathered for a lovely evening filled with cocktails, a light buffet, and a moving presentation, including a touching version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” sung by Jack McDermott and Tyler Smith. The annual benefit raised nearly $45,000, covering the costs for the organization’s 2017 campsite in Ingleside, Illinois.

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13. 991 Ashley LAKE FOREST Sunday 1-3 $1,395,000 Eileen Campbell, Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty 847.757.5181

2. 234 W. Washington Ave LAKE BLUFF Sunday 1-4 $799,000 Rina DuToit, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff 847.814.8648

7. 113 Park Ln LAKE BLUFF 1-3pm $660,000 Katherine Hudson, Griffith, Grant & Lackie Realtors® 847.234.0485

14. 1140 W Deerpath Rd LAKE FOREST SUNDAY 12-2:30 $849,000 Christine Ashmore, @properties 847.295.0700

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34. 1655 Mcgovern Ave, #200 HIGHLAND PARK SUNDAY 1-3 $1,049,000 Goldblatt/Radnay, @properties 847.432.0700 35. 1655 Mcgovern Ave, #101 HIGHLAND PARK SUNDAY 1-3 $829,000 Goldblatt/Radnay, @properties 847.432.0700 36. 1655 Mcgovern Ave, #102 HIGHLAND PARK SUNDAY 1-3 $799,000 Goldblatt/Radnay, @properties 847.432.0700   37. 650 Crofton Avenue HIGHLAND PARK SUNDAY 12-2 $699,000 Debbie Scully, @properties 847.432.0700   38. 1190 Crofton Avenue HIGHLAND PARK SUNDAY 1-3 $699,000 Pickus/Schulkin, @properties 847.432.0700 39. 1008 Deerfield Road HIGHLAND PARK SUNDAY 2:30-4:30 $379,000 Debbie Scully, @properties 847.432.0700 40. 316 Roger Williams HIGHLAND PARK Sunday 1-3 $789,900 Marshall Atlas, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff 847.975.7431 41. 2587 Roslyn HIGHLAND PARK Sunday 11:30am-1:30pm $999,999 Kim Shortsle, Coldwell Banker 847-234-8000 42. 1800 Telegraph Rd BANNOCKBURN SUNDAY 12-1:30 $799,000 Falls/Duffey, @properties 847.295.0700 43. 955 Bermuda Dunes Place NORTHBROOK SUNDAY 1-4 $995,000 Anthony Mehrabian, @properties 847.881.0200 44. 205 Franklin GLENCOE Sunday 1 - 3 $2,400,000 Chris Downey,  Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff 847.340.8499 45. 930 Skokie Ridge GLENCOE 1/15, 1:00 - 3:00 939,000. Anne Malone 847-912-4806

46. 44 W Canterbury Ln NORTHFIELD SUNDAY 1-3 $975,000 Baylor/Shields, @properties 847.881.0200

59. 901 Locust WILMETTE Sunday 1-3 $995,000 Kevin Rutherford, Baird & Warner 847.446.1855

47. 351 Graemere Street NORTHFIELD SUNDAY 1-3 $639,000 Laurie Baker Lawlor, @properties 847.881.0200

60. 1047 Linden Ave. WILMETTE Sunday, 12-2 $1,699,000 Sue Hertzberg, Coldwell Banker Winnetka 847-446-4000   61. 1937 Chestnut Ave. WILMETTE Sunday, 1-3 $1,169,000 Maureen Mohling, Coldwell Banker Winnetka 847-446-4000

48. 678 Sheridan Road  WINNETKA 1:00-3:00 Suggested Opening Bid: $1,199,990 Diana Peterson,  AuctionWorks 312.218.6102 49. 310 Locust WINNETKA Sunday 1-3 $1,122,000 Mary Anne Perrine, Baird & Warner 847.446.1855 50. 980 Greenwood Ave. WINNETKA Sunday, 12-4 $985,000 Sue Hertzberg, Coldwell Banker Winnetka 847-446-4000 51. 669 Walden WINNETKA Sunday 1-3 $1,595,000 Julie Bradbury Miller The Hudson Company 847.751.2619 52. 711 Oak #110 WINNETKA Sunday 1-3 $450,000 Carrie Healy, The Hudson Company 847.507.7666 53. 1091 Cherry WINNETKA Sunday 1-3 775,000 Carrie Healy, The Hudson Company 847.507.7666 54. 2015 Wagner Road GLENVIEW SUNDAY 12-2 $669,000 Karin Zawaski, @properties 847.881.0200 55. 942 Queens Lane GLENVIEW SUNDAY 12-2 $449,000 Dina Silver, @properties 847.998.0200 56. 942 Club Circle, GLENVIEW $1,725,000 Sunday 1-3 Rachael Mann CONLON/Christie’s International Real Estate 312.401.9588

62. 307 Central Park Ave WILMETTE SUNDAY 1-3 $1,150,000 Linnea Jacobs, @properties 847.881.0200 63. 2538 Kenilworth Ave WILMETTE SUNDAY 1-3 $799,900 Susan Ringel Segal, @properties 847.881.0200 64. 1009 Oakwood Wilmette Sunday 1-3pm $1,850,000 Mary Plante 847-921-2341 65. 830 Oakwood WILMETTE Sunday 1-3pm $1,089,000 Jeanie Moysey 847-800-8110 66. 2775 Prairie EVANSTON Sunday 2-4pm $875,000 Ben Shalom 773-387-4949 67. 2525 Prospect Ave EVANSTON Sunday 1-3pm $699,000 Dene Hillinger 847-275-9143 68. 2226 Central St #3S EVANSTON Sunday 1-3 $160,000 Aaron Masliansky 847-780-6220 69. 3242 Central Street EVANSTON Sunday 12-1:30 $314,500 Liz Bulf 847-602-9643   70. 2525 Prospect EVANSTON Sunday 1-3 $699,000 Dene Hillinger 847-275-9143

57. 830 Raleigh GLENVIEW Sunday 2-4 $1,675,000 Leslie Gleason, Coldwell Banker 847-234-8000

71. 2771 Crawford EVANSTON Saturday 1-3 $625,000 Eileen Campbell, Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty 847.757.5181

58. 830 Oakwood WILMETTE Sunday 1-3 $1,089,000 Jeanie Moysey 847-800-8110

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achel Zun and Avery Faulkner engaged in some small talk when they were getting to know each other as eighth-graders at Wilmette Junior High School in 2015. A conversation went something like this: Zun: “What sports do you enjoy?” Faulkner: “I play gymnastics.” Zun’s initial reaction was a funny one, given what Zun knows about Faulkner today. “You don’t ‘play’ gymnastics,” Zun said near the end of the Chester Jones Evanston Gymnastics Invitational on Jan. 7. “I thought, ‘Oh, she can’t be a serious gymnast.’ I assumed she was a low-level gymnast.” Zun — now a freshman gymnast on New Trier’s varsity gymnastics team, just like Faulkner — was off in the assumption. Way off. She later viewed video footage of Faulkner performing gymnastics routines and watched Faulkner execute difficult skill after difficult skill in a gym. “That’s when I realized, ‘OK, she’s good, really good,’ ” Zun added. “So good that she was intimidating. Her form … it’s amazing.” Faulkner continued her fine rookie season at the high school level last weekend in Evanston, finishing in a tie for second place in the all-around (37.35) at the 11-team event and earning topthree marks in three events, including a first-place 9.6 on floor exercise for the meet champion Trevians (season-high 145.7 points). “Avery is incredibly talented, with three years of experience as a level-10 club gymnast,” said Trevians coach Jennifer Pistorius, whose daughter, Maine South gymnast Caleigh Pistorius, tied Faulkner for runner-up honors in the all-around last weekend. “Avery enjoys the different atmosphere of high school gymnastics,” the coach added. “It’s fun

on it are really close. What I really like about [high school gymnastics] is hearing my teammates cheer; it gets my adrenaline going. “I would like to compete in college and for as long as I can.” Off the mats, Faulkner has a magnetic personality, attracting those who love to laugh and talk. “You can talk to her about anything,” said Rachel Zun, a level-9 gymnast at American Academy who tied for fifth place (9.175) on floor and finished fifth on bars (8.8) at the Evanston Invite. “She’s really supportive, fun to be around and funny. I laugh hard every day I’m around her.” Notable: The highlight of New Trier junior Emma Jane Rohrer’s fourth-place showing in the allaround (36.45) was her championship mark of 9.4 on the uneven bars at the Chester Jones Evanston Invite on Jan. 7. She also spun a 9.45 floor show, sharp enough for third place. Trevians freshman Maeve Murdock collected four medals at the meet, including a bronze on beam (9.225). The fifth-place finisher in the all-around (36.4) also took fourth on vault (9.5) and fourth on bars (9.0). … NT girls gymnastics coach Jennifer Pistorius found herself doing three things at once in the middle of last weekend’s invite in Evanston. She fielded a question from a sports writer and listened to a question from a Trevian while watching her daughter, Maine South’s Caleigh Pistorius, perform on the balance beam. … ON POINTE: Avery Faulkner of the Trevians moves through her floor exercise routine at the Evanston Invite. She took first in the event. Caleigh Pistorius topped the PHOTOGRAPHY BY GEORGE PFOERTNER. field on vault (9.825) at the invite for her and for our other three the age of six — is considered late it would be a good idea to get me (second place); 9.25 on bars last weekend. … NT (seasonfreshmen [on varsity — Zun, in gymnastics circles. involved in gymnastics, to sign (third); and 8.875 on beam high 145.7) finished comfortably Maeve Murdock and Zun’s sister, “I was walking around the me up for a class.” (ninth). ahead of runner-up Maine South house on my tiptoes, running Amy Zun].” The quick learner aced her “I like learning new skills,” (142.6) and third-place GlenFaulkner lived in Texas until around and jumping on couches,” tests in the gym and received the said Faulkner, adding she re- brook South (140.15) at the the age of eight before moving recalled the 5-foot-1 Faulkner, OK to skip level-4 and start her cently added a double layout to Evanston Invite last weekend. to Elmhurst and living there for now a level-10 gymnast at Amer- club career at level-5 in Texas. her bars routine. “All of the [high NT’s previous season-high score Onward, upward. five years. Her family moved to ican Academy in Wheeling. “I school] teams are good, and it’s was 143.65, accomplished in a Her other scores at the invite fun to compete with and against victory at Deerfield High School Wilmette a year and a half ago. had all of this energy. My mom, Her first day as a gymnast — at Jaime [a tennis player], thought last weekend: 9.75 on vault my friends. Our team … all of us on Jan. 5.


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BIDING HER TIME NO MORE Kalis embracing her well-earned playing time for the Trevians BY KEVIN REITERMAN, SPORTS@NORTHSHOREWEEKEND.COM

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ristie Kalis, a self-proclaimed basketball fanatic, was “on call” the other day. A teammate needed her expertise. Needed her tutelage. Needed her to break down a play. Thus, during a free period, the two got together for a huddle in one of the conference rooms in the library at New Trier High School. “I was a little confused about a play we were running,” said the teammate, fellow senior Katherine Gjertsen, who will play college lacrosse at Stanford University. “So, she sat me down and diagrammed the play for me on a whiteboard [wall].” No doubt, K-squared, known for her basketball smarts, lit up at the opportunity to arrange and rearrange a few X’s and a few O’s. Kalis picked up a black magic marker, drew a court on the whiteboard and turned into a teenaged Teri Rodgers. And that’s exactly what Gjertsen loves about Kalis. “She’s got great game sense,” said Gjertsen. “She’s so smart on the court. She always knows what to do and where she’s supposed to be. “She loves the game of basketball,” the teammate added. “And she’s 100 percent about the team.” Kalis also is known for her patience and persistence. Last year was a little tough at times for the slender 5-foot-10 guard. “She didn’t get much playing time last year,” said Gjertsen. “But she embraced her role as a bench player.” Rodgers, New Trier’s highly successful coach, went even further. In her mind, Kalis is The Perfect Example. She’s Exhibit A. “I’ll be talking about Kristie Kalis for a long time,” said Rodgers. “I’ll always be able to point to her as that player. She went from someone who didn’t play at all [as a junior] to being a key player [as a senior]. SHOOT-22: New Trier’s Kristie Kalis fires up a shot during earlier action this winter. PHOTOGRAPHY “She’s giving other players in BY LYNN TRAUTMANN.

our program hope,” the coach added. “They can say: ‘If I put in the work, I can do what she’s doing.’ ” What Kalis did on Dec. 6 in Park Ridge was pretty special. In helping her team defeat host Maine South 51-31, she was the unofficial “Player of the Game” with a 13-point, six-rebound, three-assist, two-block and oneturnover performance. “I won’t lie to you,” said Kalis, firmly entrenched in NT’s starting lineup and averaging 7.7 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. “At first, it was really hard [to sit the bench] last year. “But you want the team to succeed, and so you go as hard as you can in practice and try to make everyone better,” Kalis added. “We had five amazing starters on that team. Watching them play every day made me a smarter player. A better player.” Last year’s squad at New Trier was an all-star cast with four of them moving on to the next level: Jeannie Boehm (Harvard), Haley Greer (Colgate), Kathryn Pedi (Holy Cross) and big sis Autumn Kalis (Carthage). “She’s been filling some pretty big shoes this year,” said Gjertsen. In addition to being an intense, top-notch defender, Kalis has developed into a go-to offensive player along with Cate and Maggie Murdock. The kid can light it up. She is shooting 56 percent from the field, including 38 percent from three-point distance (20-53). She’s had a little help along the way. Back in the day, her dad, Scott Kalis, was a deadeye shooter for the University of TennesseeMartin. Thus, words like “Keep your elbow in” are imprinted in her mind and in the minds of her two sisters, Autumn, who is averaging 8.8 points per game for Carthage this winter, and Jessica, a promising 5-9 starting guard on the NT sophomore team. Thanks, Dad. So, if you guessed that basket-

ball would be a popular topic of conversation around Kalis dinner table, you would be right. Pickup games and one-on-one battles in the driveway also are commonplace. Kristie especially likes to match up against Autumn on the local asphalt. “We start out just messing around. But it always gets really competitive,” she said. “She used to always beat me. But the tables have been turned a little,” the middle child added. “I know exactly how she plays.” Kristie Kalis’ love affair with basketball runs deep. She’d like to join her sister in the college ranks. “I definitely want to keep playing,” said Kalis, who plays her club basketball with Full Package. “I love the energy of this game.” And she likes the way New Trier (10-8, 2-3) has regrouped of late. Before losing to Marist 65-42 in the Fremd Shootout on Jan. 7, the Trevians had won four of five games, including a 57-51 win over Fenwick in the fifthplace game of the DundeeCrown Christmas Tournament. “I think we finally realized that we can win games,” said Kalis. “New Trier has one of the best programs in Illinois. We’ve accomplished so much. “So, we aren’t OK with losing,” she added. Notable: Jeannie Boehm has made a quick adjustment to the college game. The 2016 NT graduate has started all 13 games for 12-1 Harvard University. The 6-foot-3 forward is averaging 7.5 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.9 blocks per game. … Kathryn Pedi is a freshman reserve for Holy Cross. In limited action, she leads the Crusaders (2-12) in threepoint shooting percentage (6-13, .462). … Freshman guard Haley Greer was off to a fine start at Colgate — averaging 8.1 points per game — before a back injury sent her to the sidelines for the remainder of the season.


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Neveu thriving with his playwright stuff BY BILL MCLEAN ILLUSTRATION BY BARRY BLITT

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rett Neveu caught the theater bug while wearing a donkey mask. Currently a playwright who teaches writing for the screen and stage at Northwestern University, he portrayed the Wise Donkey in the community theater production of The Patchwork Girl of Oz decades ago in Newton, Iowa. The play’s venue was a YMCA, and Neveu was a grade-school student at the time of his acting debut. “I liked the attention,” Neveu, no longer braying, recalls while sitting at a restaurant booth in The Lucky Platter in Evanston, his hometown since 2012. “The paper ran a photo of the cast. There I was, in my donkey costume. My parents [Kent and Margaret, who goes by “Cookie”] started taking me to shows at the ‘Y’ when I was in the fourth grade, and I remember thinking, This is different. I liked how a show made me feel. “I went backstage one day and noticed a neighbor of mine resting on a couch. He looked cool.” I want to know all about Newton, and the 46-year-old Neveu is more than willing to transform himself into Newton’s Welcome Wagon director, right there in the restaurant — 310 miles away from the county seat of Jasper County, Iowa. “Newton is home to Maytag,” Neveu says of the appliance company. “You’ve seen those Maytag commercials, haven’t you? The ones with the [idle] repairman? Well, the dog in them is named Newton. Not everybody notices that, but you do if you’re from Newton. It was a town of 15,000 when I grew up there; still is. It was a blue-collar town in the middle of farmland.”

Neveu’s order of two eggs sunny side up, with corn tortilla and a side of bacon, arrives. Our conversation shifts to his play, Her America (formerly Miss America), which stars Chicago and Broadway actress Kate Buddeke and made its world premiere at Greenhouse Theater Center in Chicago on Jan. 6. (The production’s run as part of Greenhouse’s Solo Celebration! Series runs through Feb. 12.) Buddeke — an award-winning actress featured in Eric LaRue, another play written by Neveu) — is Lori in Her America, a mystery/thriller set in a basement in the Midwest. Lori hides there and revisits her past, via relics in a steamer trunk, while chaos reigns upstairs. “In a way, it’s about Newton, the male-dominated blue-collar town I knew as a kid,” Neveu says. “It’s also about Christianity and ideas about how people should lead their lives. And it’s about control. “I wrote it for Kate.” Buddeke had clamored for years for Neveu to come up with a play for her. Whenever the two ran into other, Neveu said, ‘Hi,” and Buddeke said, “Where’s my play?” Tired of the reminders and the poking, Neveu wrote the play and handed it to Buddeke outside of a bar/restaurant on a summer night. A reading of the play was held at A Red Orchid Theatre in Chicago shortly thereafter. “It was too long,” Neveu says. “I rewrote it. Kate has made it hers [in rehearsals], which is what I wanted her to do. She changes words, and nine times out of 10, she’s totally right. I trust her; I have always trusted her. She is Broadway, hardcore, brilliant. Kate never holds back. What I have grown to expect from her when I work with her

is a challenge. She c h a l lenges playwrights, directors and herself. One big challenge — that’s Kate, and I mean that in a good way.” When Neveu was a theater major at the University of Iowa, he accepted challenges from James Finney, a theater professor at the school in Iowa City. The same professor in-

Brett Neveu troduced Neveu to the works of the late Harold Printer, an English playwright, screenwriter, director and actor. “[Finney] was influential, even

me a lot of questions like, ‘Why are you doing that?’ and, ‘What is your thinking behind that?’ My favorite playwright is Pinter because his writing is spare, with a lot of air. “My first production, The Last Barbeque, [performed in Las Vegas and later in Chicago] is ‘Pintery’.” Born in San Francisco before becoming a full-fledged Hawkeye, Neveu spent a year and a half at Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis after graduating from college. He and his wife moved to Chicago, where he did plays in basements and puppet theater in the back of bars before becoming a re s i d e n t at Chicago Dramatists, a seedbed for emerging playwrights. “I stopped acting at the age of 22 or 23 and

concentrated on writing and storytelling,” says Neveu, a husband for nearly 25 years and the father of a though he was my professor for 10-year-old daughter, Lia. “I’m only five to six weeks because he obsessed with storytelling, with had a health issue,” says Neveu, the puzzle that is storytelling. My who met his future wife, Kristen, grandfather on my mom’s side at the college. “He liked to ask was a prospector in Texas who

sang. He was a storyteller, too. He died when I was about two years old. Maybe I got the arts gene from him.” Neveu has been commissioned by The Royal Court Theatre in London, Manhattan Theatre Club, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, The Goodman Theatre and Writers’ Theatre in Glencoe, among others. Some of his awards: the Marquee Award from Chicago Dramatists; the Ofner Prize for New Work; and an After Dark Award for Outstanding Musical (Old Town). Away from the stages, Neveu can be found singing for either a garage rock/punk band or for a country band, a group with undertones of pop and punk. Combing wares at estate sales is another one of his pastimes. “My mom and dad are into antiques,” Neveu says. “I recently bought a piano and a lithograph at an estate sale. The lithograph had been owned by a World War II vet, who put it up in his basement. The basement was probably his man cave, with a pool table and bar down there. The lithograph was of a boy fishing, with a girl behind him, and both were looking off into the distance. Kind of creepy. But I felt like I was rescuing it. The print is yellowish, probably because the vet and his buddies smoked when they were near it.” The playwright pauses. And then it hits me: Brett Neveu is in his storytelling mode, no longer just a man using a fork to lift his breakfast fare. His audience of one suddenly feels fortunate to be in the presence of an artist. Tickets to “Her America” are available at greenhousetheater.org, in person at the box office or by calling (773) 404-7336. Greenhouse Theater Center (Downstairs Mainstage) is located at 2257 N. Lincoln Avenue in Chicago.


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