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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.(…)

South Shore Opera’s “La Traviata” stumbles

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic The beautiful and gleaming Paul Robeson Theater at the South Shore Cultural Center was the locus of a worthy but frustratingly awkward attempt Saturday night at staging a truncated version of Verdi’s “La Traviata.” An audience of just under 150 took in a performance that was part concert, part(…)

Review: “Smokefall”

Review: “Smokefall”

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Where: Goodman Theatre, Albert Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. When: through Oct. 26 Tickets: $25-$81 Phone: 312-443-3800 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Plenty of contemporary plays are thought-provoking, but Noah Haidle’s “Smokefall” is that rare work that actually makes you feel the love, loss and mystery of life that are the subjects of(…)

University of Chicago offering disaster-prep seminars for local leaders

University of Chicago offering disaster-prep seminars for local leaders

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago is offering a seminar for leaders and elected officials to help them prepare for unforeseen disasters. “Leading Through Crisis” launched on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at the Harris School of Public Policy. Toni Preckwinkle, president of the Cook County Board, and Daniel Diermeier, dean of the Harris(…)

Kozminski Elementary library to gain $1000 in books with new grant

Kozminski Elementary library to gain $1000 in books with new grant

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference is giving Kozminski Elementary School a $1,000 grant to purchase new books for its library. Like many other public schools, the library at Kozminski, 936 E. 54th St., has had challenges securing the funding needed to maintain its library. Vicki Long, member of the(…)

Hyde Park Community Players start season with a scare

Hyde Park Community Players start season with a scare

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Community Players will be kicking off its next season with their fifth annual Halloween-season radio show, “An Evening of Horror and Suspense in the Old Time Radio Tradition.” This year’s show will feature five stories told with sound effects and interspersed with mock commercials offering comic relief,(…)

Hyde Park eatery Wok N Roll closes silently

Hyde Park eatery Wok N Roll closes silently

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Wok N Roll has closed and is moving, according to new signage at the Chinese restaurant at 1408 E. 53rd St. “Sorry we are closed, new location coming soon. – WR,” reads a sign currently posted on the restaurant’s door. When and where the restaurant will be moving was not(…)

Logan Center to host 31st Annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The University of Chicago’s Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts will be one of the screening venues for the 31st Annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival. This year the festival will screen 290 children’s films from almost 40 countries at venues including the Logan Center, 915 E.(…)