Daily Archives: November 29, 2012

Pierce Tower to be demolished

Pierce Tower to be demolished

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Pierce Tower has been home to University of Chicago undergrads for over five decades, but its useful life has come to an end. The university announced last week that the 10-story tower, 5514 S. University Ave., will be demolished after this school year ends in June to make way for(…)

Seminary Co-op moves

Seminary Co-op moves

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Last week, Jack Cella stood in the basement of the Chicago Theological Seminary. He has to duck to walk around the short, claustrophobic space that for the last 51 years has been home to the Seminary Co-op Bookstore. Instead of the bookshelves being filled floor-to-ceiling with academic tomes, they stood(…)

Review “Burn This”

RECOMMENDED Where: Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont When: through Nov. 18 Tickets: $27-$32 Phone: 773-795-8150 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Anyone who saw Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s production of Lanford Wilson’s “Burn This” in Chicago or on Broadway is less likely to remember Joan Allen’s marvelous 1989 Tony Award-winning performance as Anna(…)

Review “Hamlet”

RECOMMENDED Where: Writers’ Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe When: through Nov. 25 Tickets: $35-$70 Phone: 847-242-6000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic While watching the carefully crafted production of “Hamlet” at Writers’ Theatre in Glencoe, I had a minor epiphany. Even with an exceptional ensemble and excellent staging, both in evidence under Artistic Director Michael Halberstam‘s(…)

61st Street farmers market open

Although the temperature is plunging, the 61st Street Farmers Market at Experimental Station, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave., is still providing a broad array of seasonal fresh and prepared foods through Dec. 15. The indoor market also features chef demonstrations and classes by B’Gabs Goodies, and matches purchases using Link cards of up to $25. The(…)

Bird exhibit at Oriental Institute

Bird exhibit at Oriental Institute

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Rozenn Bailleul-LeSuer, PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago, is passionate about birds. It becomes clear upon receiving her business card — on which silhouetted birds are printed alongside her contact information — and even more so after hearing her discuss the new(…)

Jazz scholars at Kenwood, surgery at Akiba, silent auction at Ray

Jazz scholars at Kenwood, surgery at Akiba, silent auction at Ray

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Five band students at Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., were selected as “Ravinia Jazz Scholars” for the 2012-2013 year. The students, who are under the instruction of Kenwood Band Director Gerald Powell, are five out of the 28 Jazz Scholars in this year’s program. Through Ravinia’s(…)

Burroughs honored at DuSable

Burroughs honored at DuSable

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern The DuSable Museum of African-American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., commemorated the birthday of its founder, Margaret Burroughs, with a founder’s day event on Sunday, Nov. 11. The celebration, free to the public, included spoken-word presentations, a performance by the Congo Square Theater Company and reflections on Burroughs’ vision and(…)

CAPS budget zeroed out

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy, better known as CAPS, has its allocation reduced to zero under the 2013 budget, but CAPS director Ron Holt says the program should not have any visible changes. “It will look like what it always has looked like, in that the CAPS staff and civilians will(…)

Hyde Park election results

Hyde Park election results

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Parkers last week reelected their favorite son, Barack Obama, to a second presidency — with a little help from the rest of the country. Voters in the Fourth ward voted overwhelmingly to re-elect Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, 93.65 percent, compared to the 5.31 percent who voted for(…)

It’s time for an elected school board

The balmy days we had weeks ago when teachers were rallying out front of Hyde Park’s public schools during the teachers’ strike may be behind us, but reform of public schools in Hyde Park and across the city is still very much ahead of us. Another potential step was taken during last week’s election when(…)

Voters endorse elected school board

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer A series of policy actions have been taken to examine the possibility of Chicago Public Schools having an elected school board since last Tuesday’s election results showed that 86.6 percent of voters were in favor of the non-binding referendum question. Several grassroots education advocacy organizations and the Chicago Teachers(…)

Review “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Baliwick Chicago Theater at National Pastime Theater, 941 W. Lawrence Ave. When: through Nov. 10 Tickets: $25-$30 Phone: 773-969-6201 My first reaction on seeing the Chicago premiere of “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” was one of disbelief. How could such a sophomoric, scattershot show make it to Broadway, as Alex Timbers (book) and(…)

Review “Good People”

RECOMMENDED Where: Steppenwolf Theatre Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N.Halsted St. When: through Nov. 11 Tickets: $20-$86 Phone: 312-335-1650 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic As you might suspect, the title of David Lindsay-Abaire’s “Good People” is deeply ironic. Or is it? In Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s vividly acted production of this kitchen sink drama savvily directed by K.(…)

Tours to highlight faith spaces

To the Editor: Thank you for the piece in the Oct. 24 issue entitled “Interfaith Council hosts lecture series.” I would like to point out that it is not so much a lecture series as a series of open houses at various houses of worship. While the tours include commentary about each venue’s art and(…)

Harper halloween a success again

To the Editor: Not booo! But, hurrah! I would like to express my appreciation and gratitude to the many people on Harper Avenue between 57th and 59th streets who put so much imagination and effort and money into creating an exciting and unusual “Halloween Center” for Hyde Park. Year after year I send newcomers and(…)