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He ain’t my brother, he’s heavy

He ain’t my brother, he’s heavy

What: Verdi’s “Il Trovatore” Where: Lyric Opera, 20 N. Wacker Drive When: through Nov. 29 Phone: 312-322-2244 By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Sibling rivalry is as old as the family itself. Verdi’s “Il Trovatore” takes this destructive competition to tragic heights as it pits two brothers against each other in a civil war and(…)

A powerful combination of music and politics

A powerful combination of music and politics

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Third Coast Percussion, a quartet of Northwestern graduates now in residence at the University of Notre Dame, offered an exciting and fascinating performance at the Logan Center as part of this season’s University of Chicago Presents concert series. Sean Connors, Robert Dillon, Peter Martin and David Skidmore created soundscapes(…)

Representative Christian Mitchell stumps for education funding reform

Representative Christian Mitchell stumps for education funding reform

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) spoke with community members in Hyde Park and Bronzeville in the past couple of weeks about Senate Bill 16 (S.B. 16), The School Funding Reform Act of 2014. According to the Illinois State Board of Education, S.B. 16 proposes that the state do away(…)

Review: “Both Your Houses”

RECOMMENDED Where: Remy Bumppo Theatre Company at Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. When: through Nov. 9 Tickets: $42.50-$57.50 Phone: 733-404-7336 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic An idealistic young congressman from a Western state comes to Washington, D.C., to help pass a bill he believes in only to find that his fellow legislators have(…)

A hairy screening at the Logan Center

The Logan Center will screen a film this Friday that explores one of the most significant art scenes to come out of Hyde Park. “Hairy Who and the Chicago Imagists” will show at 7 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 7, at the center, 915 E. 60th St., in screening room 201. The event is free and open to(…)

Man charged with 2013 Hyde Park murder

A Rogers Park man is charged with one felony count of murder in the first degree, stemming from a 2013 Hyde Park shooting. Ian Armstrong, 29, of the 1200 block of West Loyola, was charged on Oct. 30, Chicago Police said. He was identified through DNA. One man, who lived on the 1400 block of(…)

Hyde Park painter staging comeback at local frame shop

Hyde Park painter staging comeback at local frame shop

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Last week, Hyde Park painter Xavier Zehir put on his first art show in years. Zehir’s show of 10 paintings, entitled “Angels,” opened Saturday, Nov. 1, at The Great Frame Up, 1418 E. 53rd St. It’s been six years since his last exhibition — also at the store — and(…)

Alderman Hairston talks voter raffles, guns and parks in the 5th Ward

Alderman Hairston talks voter raffles, guns and parks in the 5th Ward

Hairston investigated for Facebook post At her final monthly meeting of 2014 last Tuesday, Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) addressed questions surrounding a Facebook post inviting voters to enter a raffle with their voter receipts that prompted the Cook County State’s Attorney’s election fraud unit to open an investigation. The post was meant to encourage voting(…)

Hyde Park Community Players to perform Tom Stoppard’s “Arcadia”

Hyde Park Community Players to perform Tom Stoppard’s “Arcadia”

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Community Players will perform Tom Stoppard’s 1993 play “Arcadia” throughout the month of November. The play’s opening night will take place 8 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 8, followed by a 3 p.m. matinee the next day. The play will be performed four more times, with 8 p.m.(…)

First Unitarian Church to screen Kartemquin documentary on homeless youth

First Unitarian Church to screen Kartemquin documentary on homeless youth

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer First Unitarian Church will be screening a newly-released documentary on homeless youth by Chicago-based Kartemquin Films this Friday. The film, entitled “Homestretch,” will be shown at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7, at the church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave. Anita Holcomb, supervisor at Greater Grand Crossing homeless youth shelter Ujima(…)

Wicker Park designer opening new pop-up store on 53rd Street

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A pop-up clothing shop will soon be opening at the northeast corner of 53rd Street and Harper Avenue. On Saturday, Nov. 8, Wicker Park-based Anastasia will open its second location at 1500 E. 53rd St., where it will remain through Christmas Eve. Named after owner Anastasia Chatzka, the store will(…)

University of Chicago to double paid internships for students

The University of Chicago plans to double the number of paid internships for students in the College. The internships are funded through the Jeff Metcalf Internship Program. The college hopes to have 2,000 placements, or enough for everyone in next fall’s first-year class to have one opportunity before they graduate. This is a part of(…)

Trauma center protest comes amid University of Chicago’s biggest-ever fundraising drive

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Dozens of protesters marched last Wednesday night to call on the University of Chicago to open a trauma center, yards away from the kick-off gala for the public phase of its biggest-ever, $4.5 billion fundraising drive, Inquiry and Impact. Several organizations were represented at the march, including grassroots activist group(…)

Thanks to all who supported Dyett

To the Editor: Three years ago the Chicago Board of Education voted to phase out Dyett High School by 2015. I, along with many other Bronzeville residents and stakeholders, opposed that decision. We engaged in advocacy efforts at the time to stop the Dyett closure. We were not successful in 2011. But I remained undaunted.(…)