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A kind of rapture at St. Thomas

Earlier this month, on a pleasant early Sunday evening, Hyde Park’s St. Thomas the Apostle Church was the site for a concert of opera arias. The event served both as a fundraiser for the church’s musical programs and also a chance for the general public to experience the pleasing acoustical qualities of the church. Luciano(…)

“The Medium” is the message

“The Medium” is the message

Where: Collaboraction Pentagon Theater, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave. When: through Nov. 2 Phone: 847-430-4341 By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Just in time for Halloween, Third Eye Theatre Ensemble is now offering an engaging production of Gian Carlo Menotti’s short, two-act opera “The Medium.” This haunting work, running just over an hour, premiered in 1946,(…)

Review: “Amazing Grace”

SLIGHTLY RECOMMENDED Where: Bank of America Theatre, When: through Nov. 2 Tickets: $33-$100 Phone: 800-775-2000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic The treatment of a minor character epitomizes one of the many problems with the slickly staged and well-sung pre-Broadway world premiere of “Amazing Grace,” the musical by Christopher Smith (music, lyrics, book) and Arthur Giron(…)

Where to vote in Hyde Park and South Kenwood on Election Day

The 2014 general election will take place next Tuesday, Nov. 4. Candidates running for offices with districts in Hyde Park and South Kenwood are: 1st Congressional District – Bobby L. Rush (Democrat) – Jimmy Lee Tillman (Republican) Second Congressional District – Robin Kelly (Democrat) – Eric M. Wallace (Republican) 25th Illinois House District – Barbara(…)

UCPD policing powers, pro and con

To the Editor: In the past several months, much has been said regarding the policing of the community by the University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD). Passions are inflamed both pro and con regarding their policing powers and how they are used. The reasons on both sides are understandable. There is a reasonable argument as(…)

Kenwood Academy Broncos football team wins in season finale

Kenwood Academy Broncos football team wins in season finale

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer In their final game of the 2014 regular season, the Kenwood Broncos prevailed over conference rivals Chicago Bulls College Prep 12 to 6 on Friday night at Lane Tech Field. In the first quarter, the Broncos fell behind early after a five-yard touchdown run by running back No. 3 Durome(…)

DuSable CEO Carol Adams retiring at end of 2014

DuSable CEO Carol Adams retiring at end of 2014

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Carol Adams, president and CEO of the DuSable Museum of African American History announced that she will retire at the end of the year. Adams, whose retirement officially begins on Dec. 31, 2014, joined the museum on Nov. 9, 2009. During her retirement Adams plans to begin a private(…)

Hyde Park Neighborhood Club to celebrate its 105th year

Hyde Park Neighborhood Club to celebrate its 105th year

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club will host a gala to celebrate 105 years in the neighborhood. HPNC’s gala will give parents the opportunity to spend a night out, with child care provided, to enjoy music, food, drink and view photos from the club’s history. The gala will take place at(…)

St. Thomas the Apostle’s new science lab opens after first upgrade in decades

St. Thomas the Apostle’s new science lab opens after first upgrade in decades

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer St. Thomas the Apostle school held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of its new science lab. This is the first upgrade the science lab has had in more than 80 years. Through the school’s Race for Education fundraiser and a donation from an anonymous benefactor, St. Thomas,(…)

Ancona School planning $2 million “outdoor learning space” for 2015

Ancona School planning $2 million “outdoor learning space” for 2015

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ancona School unveiled its plans for an Outdoor Learning Space (OLS) at a special “Tent Event” on Oct. 19. Parents, alumni and friends of the school were invited to learn more about the school’s initiative and the importance of learning through play. “Ancona is a progressive school so(…)

Hyde Park candidates raise more than $400K, spend $330K in run-up to 2014 election

Hyde Park candidates raise more than $400K, spend $330K in run-up to 2014 election

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer   With the Illinois general election coming up Tuesday, Nov. 4, time is running out for candidates to raise and spend money. Seven candidates are running for U.S. Congressional and Illinois House districts in Hyde Park and South Kenwood. They are: Democrat Bobby L. Rush and Republican Jimmy Lee Tillman in(…)

Billionaire David Rubenstein to get University of Chicago building named after him

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago issued a press release last week saying it will build a new social space after a significant donation from billionaire trustee David Rubenstein. Construction is expected to begin in 2016. The building is expected to be complete in 2018. It will be a space for students(…)

Chicago Innovation Exchange opens flagship workspace on 53rd Street

Chicago Innovation Exchange opens flagship workspace on 53rd Street

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago’s tech incubator opened Thursday at an event attended by some of Illinois’ top politicos and business leaders. The Chicago Innovation Exchange, 1452 E. 53rd St., is the newest addition to the shopping corridor. Once completed the CIE will bring 300 employees working for 20 to 30(…)

South Side Pie Challenge calling on more locals to vie for top pie

South Side Pie Challenge calling on more locals to vie for top pie

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The South Side Pie Challenge (SSPC) is Nov. 8 at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave. from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Julie Vassilatos, organizer of SSPC, said this is the third year of the competition. She is hoping that there is a balanced turnout this(…)

Chicago Humanities Festival returning to Hyde Park this Sunday

The Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF) will return to Hyde Park for the eighth year this Sunday, Oct. 26. Twelve events will take place, beginning at 11 a.m. and ending at 7 p.m., at the Logan Center, 915 E. 60th St., with topics ranging from Hannah Arendt’s work to J. Edgar Hoover’s surveillance of African American(…)

Rainbow PUSH to host urban education summit at Kenwood headquarters

The Rainbow PUSH Coalition in partnership with the Journey for Justice Alliance is hosting a National Summit on Urban Education on Oct. 28. Rainbow PUSH has partnered with the Journey for Justice Alliance, a national collaboration of 36 community organizations in 23 cities across the United States that are advocating for community- centered education justice.(…)