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Chicago Teacher’s Union plans “Day of Action” for April 1

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Chicago Teacher’s Union (CTU) is proposing Friday, April 1 as a “Day of Action,” a one-day walkout for teachers. Two Hyde Park organizations are preparing day programs so that parents will have a safe place to send their children. CTU is proposing this “Day of Action” because of a(…)

4th Ward alderman process in motion

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer While the presidential campaign has the attention of the nation, residents in the 4th Ward are focusing on whom Mayor Rahm Emanuel will appoint as their next alderman in the coming months. Former Ald. Will Burns (4th) announced in February that he will be stepping down from his role as(…)

The Kenwood Broncos’ miracle season comes to an end

By Joseph Phillips  Sports Writer After clinching a conference title, a regional title and advancing to the city championship game for the first time in school history, the Kenwood Academy High School Broncos boys basketball team’s season came to an end after a 59-57 buzzer beater loss to the Curie Academy High School Condors, Friday,(…)

House Bill 2990 offers help for those affected by budget cuts

By State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) Even in the absence of a state budget—eight months into the fiscal year—many state responsibilities are funded today. They’re funded because a statute requires continuing spending. Expenditures for some programs are required by court orders. A few, but very few, are funded in the more usual way—dollars appropriated(…)

Review: Glorious 19th century opera and operetta

What: “Romeo and Juliet” Where: Lyric Opera, 20 N. Wacker Dr. When: Through Mar. 19 Phone: 312-332-2244 By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic The year 2016 has found countless cultural institutions around the globe honoring the same thing: the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. Lyric Opera of Chicago’s contribution to “Shakespeare 400”(…)

Review: “Othello”

Review: “Othello”

RECOMMENDED Where: Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Navy Pier When: through April 10 Tickets: $48-$88 Phone: 312-595-5600 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Rarely has a modern-dress production done more to clarify the relevance of one of Shakespeare’s plays than U.K. Director Jonathan Munby’s staging of “Othello” for Chicago Shakespeare Theater as part of the year-long Shakespeare 400(…)

Review: “Sunset Baby”

Review: “Sunset Baby”

RECOMMENDED Where: TimeLine Theatre Company, 615 W. Wellington Ave. When: through Apr. 10 Tickets: $38-$51 Phone: 773-281-8463 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Rage and the need for retribution drive Nina, the central character in Dominique Morisseau’s “Sunset Baby,” and in AnJi White’s stunning, unstinting, unsentimental performance, her determination comes through loud and clear. But White(…)

Leonardo Herzenberg, 82

Leonardo Herzenberg, 82

Leo “Nardi” Herzenberg, 82, passed away in Chicago on Wednesday, March 9, with his wife and daughters by his side. He died of respiratory failure followed by sepsis after an unexpected hospitalization. Herzenberg was born in Oruro, Bolivia in 1934. His family, Ashkenazi Jews, had emigrated first from Latvia to Poland, and finally to Bolivia.(…)

Sam Guard takes time to reflect on 90 years of life

Sam Guard takes time to reflect on 90 years of life

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Sam Guard, who celebrated his 90th birthday last month, has seen it all. In his 90 years on this planet, he’s seen much of what can possibly be observed in the scope of any human life. With the passing of his wife in 2015, Guard continues to tread into the(…)

African American Hollywood elite join DuSable panel

African American Hollywood elite join DuSable panel

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A panel discussion, Friday, March 11, at the DuSable Museum, 740 E. 56th Pl., kicked of a series of events that will focus on race and the media. CBS-2 news anchor Dorothy Tucker moderated the discussion, titled “Hollywood Comes to The Du…,” which included actors Richard Roundtree, Margaret Avery and(…)

Travis bows out

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, Jay Travis acknowledged her defeat at the hands of incumbent State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26). The previous evening, Travis’s team said they would not concede the race before taking a closer look at instances of voting irregularities that took place throughout the 26th district(…)

Improv goes beyond laughter, provides business benefits

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer It’s not all laughs over at The Revival, 1160 E. 55th St.; classes at the improv club are proving beneficial in listening, collaboration and creativity. A new session of 15 classes start March 28, but owner John Stoops said the takeaway from these eight-week classes are not learning how to(…)