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(…)

Chamber dinner a success

Chamber dinner a success

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor A host of local entrepreneurs, community figures and politicians convened last Thursday, Nov. 1, at the 73rd Annual Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce dinner, held at Congregation Rodfei Zedek, 5200 S. Hyde Park Boulevard. High-profile attendees of the event – which kicked off with a 5:30 p.m. reception(…)

Bulls anti-hunger program at Murray

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Chicago Bulls kicked off their annual food drive competition Thursday at Murray Elementary School. Each year, the Chicago Bulls partner with Midway Moving and Storage and Vienna Beef to collect non-perishable food items for the Greater Chicago Food Depository Holiday Food Drive. The basketball franchise creates a competition(…)