Review Salonen sparkles in Chicago visit

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Esa-Pekka Salonen brought the London-based Philharmonia Orchestra to Chicago last week for just one concert Wednesday night featuring two splendidly rendered masterworks. The concert began with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2. After a big opening attack, Salonen conducted with restraint, skillfully drawing out the gracious elements of the score. The(…)

Review “QED”

RECOMMENDED Where: theatre4humanity at Collaboraction Theatre, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave., 3rd floor When: through Dec. 9 Tickets: $18-$25 Phone: 866-212-4077 One of the coolest things about “QED,” theatre4humanity’s collaboration with Collaboraction Theatre on Peter Parnell’s play about world-famous theoretical physicist Richard Feynman (1918-1988), is the in-the-square scenic design. Courtney O’Neill has transformed a bare room(…)

Review “James Joyce’s ‘The Dead’”

RECOMMENDED Where: Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. When: through Dec. 9 Tickets: $45-$65 Phone: 773-753-4472 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic When Court Theatre staged “James Joyce’s ‘The Dead’” two years in a row a decade ago, some of us (myself included) thought Richard Nelson and Shaun Davey’s beautiful, if melancholy, show would become an(…)

Artisans 21 holds annual open house this weekend

Artisans 21, the local artists cooperative with a retail space at 5503 1/2 S. Hyde Park Blvd., is holding its annual holiday open house on Dec. 1 and 2. The store will be open from noon to 4 p.m. Call Anne Arnas for more information at 630-337-1502.

Collaso presents duets

Joan Collaso Inc Productions presents the 3rd Annual Christmas Duets Mentoring Concert and Fundraiser, held for Timeless Gifts’ Youth Mentoring Program for the Performing Arts, at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2, at the DuSable Museum of African American Art, 740 E. 56th Place. Timeless Gifts is a nonprofit founded by Emmy award-winning Chicago vocalist(…)

Cerf Hill brings science to her art at HPAC

By BY DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Among the recently opened exhibits at the Hyde Park Art Center is work by Chicago artist Bette Cerf Hill, an installation of paintings and string drawings. The exhibit “String Theory” will be on display in the center’s entrance area through February. “String Theory” is a collaboration of work(…)

Jackson Jr. resigns, election to be held

BY LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer After five months of absence from the House of Representatives, Jesse Jackson Jr. tendered his resignation from Congress on Wednesday, Nov. 21. Jackson left the house to seek treatment for bipolar disorder and depression in June, though his office didn’t alert his constituents until two weeks later and said he(…)

Latkes later — annual debate rescheduled

The 66th annual Latke-Hamantash Debate – a U. of C. tradition in which two faculty members square off on whether the potato pancake or triangle-shaped pastry is better – will be postponed from its planned Nov. 23 date until Tuesday, Feb. 12. The debate, presented by the University of Chicago Hillel, is one of the(…)