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Tears of a clown

Tears of a clown

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Ruggero Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci” is a cornerstone of operatic verismo, a compact powerhouse of human emotion and tragedy, clocking in at about 70 minutes. Because it’s short, it’s nearly always placed on a double-bill, but for their inaugural production, Chicago’s newest opera company, The Cobalt Opera, chose to let “Pagliacci”(…)

Review: “Brigadoon”

RECOMMENDED Where: Goodman Theatre, Albert Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. When: through August 17 Tickets: $25-$97 Phone: 312-443-3800 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic When I was an adolescent, Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s “Brigadoon” was one of my favorite musicals. I can’t remember exactly why. Maybe it was because the idea of an 18th(…)

Mälkki and Midori at Ravinia

M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Last month, Susanna Mälkki made her Ravinia debut conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She’s become one of the female conductors to watch since she left her position as principal cellist of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra to study conducting at the Sibelius Academy. She’s begun to make a name for herself(…)

Harper Court sale is progress

By Derek R.B. Douglas On July 29, the University of Chicago announced that it had sold Harper Court. That news marks another milestone in the community partnership that sparked redevelopment efforts more than seven years ago, a partnership that has been enormously rewarding and successful. The City of Chicago, local community leaders and the university(…)

Burns has made no effort for Dyett

To the Editor: Recently Ald. Will Burns (4th) convened Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools Chief Barbara Byrd Bennett to promote his plan to turn over Canter’s school building to Kenwood Academy to house their 7th and 8th grade academic center. Members of the Committee to Revitalize Dyett have requested such a meeting for(…)

Local author publishes plays

Local author publishes plays

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Parker Charlotte Sere recently published “The Stakes: Three Plays of the Black Experience to Heal, to Train, to Entertain.” The first of the three plays, Sere said, centers on Victoria, “an idealistic African American social worker [who is] the target of workplace racism, sexual harassment and political machinations.” The(…)

Locals make TV show in Hyde Park

Locals make TV show in Hyde Park

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park residents and husband and wife Irami and Bonnie Osei-Frimpong, founders of Another Chance Productions, are using several locations in Hyde Park to film their first pilot “Disciples.” “Disciples,” which is a political drama set in a Midwestern Protestant church, and centers around Michelle Lee, a young pastor struggling to find(…)

Review: “Othello”

RECOMMENDED Where: The Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee Ave. When: through August 24 Tickets: $20-$35 Phone: 773-285-7071 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Othello” at The Gift Theatre represents a few firsts: the first time the 13-year-old company has presented a play by Shakespeare, the first time director Jonathan Berry has tackled the Bard, and my(…)

Disney is staying on a bit

The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) is extending its Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives exhibit.  The exhibit will remain on display through Jan. 4. From Mickey Mouse to Captain Jack Sparrow, the exhibition features more than 300 artifacts from nine decades of Disney’s rich history—including props; costumes; memorabilia; and artwork from classic Disney(…)

New fellows at Institute of Politics

The University of Chicago Institute of Politics has announced its roster of fall 2014 fellows. The group’s five members will host public seminars during the U. of C.’s fall quarter at the institute, 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave. They are: Eliseo Medina, former Secretary-Treasurer for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU); Megan McArdle, a columnist for(…)

Ethics probe targets Bobby Rush

The House Ethics Committee announced Friday that it is investigating 11-term Congressman Bobby Rush (D-2). The panel has not shared any specific details on the investigation, which was sparked by an Office of Congressional Ethics probe into the lawmaker. The panel has said it will announce its action on Nov. 10. Last December, the Chicago(…)

A local butterfly, long considered common, is center stage

A local butterfly, long considered common, is center stage

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer One University of Chicago research team is spending its summer catching small butterflies in the neighborhood. Hyde Parkers might see Marcus Kronforst, a professor in the department of Ecology and Evolution, frantically swinging a butterfly net out on Midway Plaisance or in community gardens. The team is catching the white(…)

Local institutions joining forces for South Side museum campus

Local institutions joining forces for South Side museum campus

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer A group of cultural institutions on the South Side have launched a campaign to bring more tourists and local visitors here. Declaring August “Museum Month,” six South Side institutions — including the Museum of Science and Industry, DuSable Museum of African American History, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House, Oriental(…)

City to share files on alleged police misconduct with local reporter, public

City to share files on alleged police misconduct with local reporter, public

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A local reporter has wrested an agreement by the city to make investigations into complaints against Chicago Police Department public. On July 11, the city said it would not pursue to appeal a March decision by the Illinois Appellate Court in Kalven v. City of Chicago to make public two(…)

Music venue Promontory finally opens in Hyde Park, reveals lineup

Music venue Promontory finally opens in Hyde Park, reveals lineup

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Promontory is Hyde Park’s newest place for dinner and live music. The Promontory, 1539 E. 53rd St., had a soft opening Monday, July 21. The restaurant has been a long time in the making. Two years passed between when Empty Bottle owner Bruce Finkelman first walked into the vacated Borders(…)

A good deed recounted

To the Editor: Neighborliness and good deeds did not pass away with your great-grandmother. They still exist, right here in Hyde Park. On Monday, July 21, a day of oppressive heat and humidity and terrible air quality, a delightful young woman named Sharon Carver looked up from her desk and noticed a senior citizen out(…)