Daily Archives: November 29, 2012

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(…)

A fond farewell — and thanks — to Village Foods

To the Editor: Farewell to longstanding 4th Ward business and community partner, Village Foods. Thank you for the generous food and general merchandise donation. It will serve a great cause and be used for our upcoming 4th Ward holiday community events: The Annual Thanksgiving Feed the Needy and The Annual Christmas Food Basket Donations. Throughout(…)

Vote — for yourself and your community

BY STATE SEN. KWAME RAOUL (D-13) I voted this past week, and I encourage you to do the same. With early voting available to all registered voters now through Nov. 3, we have little excuse to avoid our civic duty and cherished right. With my ballot cast, I now turn my attention to making certain(…)

A rough budget season in Springfield hurts important programs

By STATE REP. BARBARA FLYNN CURRIE (D-25) The spring session of the Illinois General Assembly saw some winners—and some losers. I’ll write about the winners another time. This report focuses on the people who depend upon the state for help and for services but who found themselves with the short end of the stick this(…)

Thinking seriously about food

By GABRIELLE DARVASSY I can’t tell you how excited I am to have an opportunity to write in my local community newspaper. You may have read in the July 7 edition of the Herald that my husband, Ron, and I have opened a vegan and raw restaurant, B’Gabs Goodies located at 6100 S. Blackstone Ave.,(…)

Challenging us to make a change

By ANGELA HABR-PARANJAPE As I flipped through real estate ads in the Herald a few weeks ago, my heart did a jig at one bold-faced heading: “Energy-conscious Co-op Association.” “Wow, could we finally be catching on?” I wondered to myself. I’m no longer in the market for property, but three years ago when I was,(…)

Taking another look at plastic use

By ANGELA HABR-PARANJAPE I had always thought of myself as a responsible pet owner. Retracing the steps of my golden retriever, Rudy, on our walk down 53rd Street, I would be sure to collect every bit of his “mess.” A bread bag, perhaps used a time or two before, would do the job fine. I’d(…)

Celebration of the work of Max Janowski

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Last month Chicago A Cappella drew over three hundred people to K.A.M.I.I., across the street from the Obama house, for a celebration of the work of Max Janowski. With only a few exceptions, used for contrast, the program was entirely the music of Janowski, who served as music director(…)

The South Shore Opera Company

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic The South Shore Opera Company of Chicago celebrated its 4th anniversary at a gala concert at the South Shore Cultural Center the last Saturday of October. While still a young group, they have been deft at audience development and a a good-sized crowd in the Paul Robeson theater. The(…)

New Logan Center charms

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Everyone’s talking about the new Logan Center, and with good reason. It’s big and in places beautiful, and while it’s short on bike racks, it’s long on interesting events. Last Tuesday the University of Chicago Presents brought Fabio Biondi and Europa Galante to the Performance Hall at Logan Center,(…)

Bette Cerf Hill at HPAC

A show featuring abstract work from Chicago artist Bette Cerf Hill is opening Sunday at the Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC), 5020 S. Cornell Ave. “String Theory” is a collection of Cerf Hill’s work inspired by concepts of energy and entropy. Along with abstract paintings, the longtime member of HPAC will also exhibit an installation(…)

Sophistiqué owner has big plans

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Hyde Park shopowner Hyman Jackson calls Sophistiqué (pronounced “so-phis-ti-kay”), a “basic boutique.” But he has bigger plans for the corner store located at the intersection of Blackstone Avenue and 52nd Street. “I’m trying to make sure that our vision is realized,” Jackson explained, sitting in his basement-level shop(…)

Silent auction at Ray

Ray Elementary School is hosting its 2nd annual Preschool Silent Auction. The school is seeking donations for items for its auction. On Thursday, Nov. 15, at 5 p.m., Ray, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., will be hosting a silent auction event at the school, which will include dinner and live entertainment. The school is asking community(…)