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Review: “Pullman Porter Blues”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. When: though Oct. 20 Tickets: $25-$75 Phone: 312-443-3800 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic I had high hopes for the Chicago premiere of “Pullman Porter Blues” at Goodman Theatre, but Cheryl L. West’s play with music disappoints in so many ways, it’s hard to know where to(…)

Institute of Politics highlights

The Institute of Politics will host United States Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) during its fall programming. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) cancelled a scheduled visit last Friday due to the Senate’s vote schedule and instead spoke to a campus audience via video feed. McCain will speak to students during an off-the-record session at the Quadrangle Club,(…)

Italian restaurant to open

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Chicago chef Matthias Merges’ new restaurant, A10, located on the 1400 block of 53rd Street, is slated to open in mid-October, according to Calmetta Coleman, director of communications for Civic Engagement at the University of Chicago. The latest project by Merges — once the Chef de Cuisine at(…)

Pierce dorm demo making way for Gang design

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Demolition on the now-closed University of Chicago dorm, Pierce Hall, 5514 S. University Ave., will continue through mid-December of this year, according to the school’s News Director, Jeremy Manier. Demolition to prepare for the $148 million project that will take it’s place— a dining hall and residence housing(…)

Why we’re suing over Vue53 development

To the Editor: We are Hyde Parkers who have filed suit against the City of Chicago to reverse the rezoning of the McMobil property allowing a 155-foot building on that site. The University of Chicago and its agents want us to think that this is a done deal. And without the lawsuit, they are right.(…)

Work together to improve Vue53

To the Editor: Why are so many Hyde Parkers continuing to speak out against the “Vue53” plan and the process through which it “developed?” No, it’s NOT all over. Some are answering your Hyde Park Herald’s warning call, in your Sept. 4 editorial, to work to develop sound planning principles and prevent a “Vue53” precedent from taking hold. I(…)

Dedicate some time to a child in need

To the Editor: Strive Tutoring is celebrating its 25th year as a Hyde Park tradition, its roots firmly grounded in the neighborhood since 1988. We are a community-based, 501(c)3 nonprofit, offering free one-to-one tutoring and mentoring services to local children, grades 1 to 12, from limited income families. We are able to offer these services(…)

New Open Produce exhibit Saturday

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Hyde Park grocer Open Produce, 1635 E. 55th St., will hold an opening reception for its new exhibit of Chicagoland photographer Chris Trott’s work from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m, Saturday, Oct. 5. The show is part of a series that kicked off in the space last July(…)