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Fun and frolic at the “Ball at the Savoy”

Fun and frolic at the “Ball at the Savoy”

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Paul Abraham’s “Ball at the Savoy” (original German title: “Ball im Savoy”) is a frisky, frothy concoction jam-packed with soaring melodies, uproarious ditties, grand dance numbers and lots of wholesome fun. Chicago Folks Operetta’s American premiere is a splendid way to spend a summer evening; you’re likely to come(…)

Review: “This Is Our Youth”

RECOMMENDED Where: Steppenwolf Upstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. When: through July 27 Tickets: $20-482 Phone: 312-335-1650 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic I’ve been working on thinking of Kenneth Lonergan’s “This Is Our Youth” as Chekhov for the slacker generation. This isn’t as farfetched as it may seem. Like Chekhov, Lonergan exposes the existential angst(…)

Review: “The Dance of Death”

RECOMMENDED Where: Writers Theatre, Books on Vernon, 664 Vernon Ave., Glencoe When: through Aug. 3 Tickets: $35-$70 Phone: 847-242-6000 The three characters in August Strindberg’s 1900 “The Dance of Death” are nasty pieces of work—and that’s putting it mildly. Factor in the new version by Irish playwright Conor McPherson, Henry Wishcamper’s direction, a trio of(…)

New No. 2 at Murray Elementary

New No. 2 at Murray Elementary

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Rhonda Butler is the new assistant principal of Murray Elementary School. She was selected for the position after the previous assistant principal Youlanda Snowden retired at the end of the school year. Butler began as the assistant principal (A.P.) on July 1 at Murray, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave. The(…)

Long-awaited restaurant and concert hall Promontory hosts grand opening today

Long-awaited restaurant and concert hall Promontory hosts grand opening today

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Promontory, the new restaurant and music venue from Empty Bottle owner Bruce Finkelman, will open today. Promontory, located inside the old Borders building at 53rd Street and Lake Park Avenue, will have a 300-seat capacity restaurant on the first floor and a 600 standing-room music venue on the second floor.(…)

New data reveals how Hyde Parkers use Divvy

New data reveals how Hyde Parkers use Divvy

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern Little more than a year since the City of Chicago launched its Divvy bicycle rideshare program, ample data is emerging about how Hyde Parkers use the service. Since its launch on June 28, 2013, Divvy has grown from 75 to 300 stations. A Herald(…)

Following June shooting, police detail measures at Jackson Park meeting

Following June shooting, police detail measures at Jackson Park meeting

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago Police Department is stepping up enforcement in parks along the lakefront this summer to help prevent violence. At its monthly Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC) meeting on Monday, July 14, at the Iowa Building, 5600 S. Lake Shore Drive, Third District Captain Sean Loughlan said CPD has increased its(…)

MetroSquash building new digs in Woodlawn

MetroSquash building new digs in Woodlawn

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer MetroSquash, a nonprofit organization based in Hyde Park, will begin construction this week on an $8 million new facility in Woodlawn. The building permit was issued last week by the City of Chicago and the building will open its 21,000 square foot facility at 61st Street and Cottage Grove Avenue(…)

Mayor Raoul? Not so fast, says Kwame

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer State Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-13) is denying that he is considering a run for mayor. The Sun Times’ Michael Sneed reported an unnamed source said Raoul could be a “bona fide contender” to run against Mayor Rahm Emanuel in February. Raoul denied that was his plan. “I think periodically my(…)

U. of C. searches for new CFO amid another credit downgrade

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Moody’s Investors Services lowered its bond rating on the University of Chicago at the same time the school began looking for a new Chief Financial Officer. Nim Chinniah resigned earlier this month to accept a position at Northwestern University. On Wednesday, Moody’s slightly lowered its rating on U. of C.,(…)

Kwame for mayor? Not so fast, he says

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer State Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-13) is denying that he is considering a run for mayor. Sun Times’ Michael Sneed reported an unnamed source said Raoul could be a “bona fide contender” to run against Mayor Rahm Emanuel in February. Raoul denied that was his plan. “I think periodically my name(…)

“Juno”

RECOMMENDED Where: TimeLine Theatre Company, 615 W. Wellington Ave. When: through July 27 Tickets: $35-$48 Phone: 773-281-8463 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Watching the Chicago premiere of “Juno” at TimeLine Theatre Company, it isn’t hard to figure out why composer-lyricist Marc Blitzstein and writer Joseph Stein’s musical based on Sean O’Casey’s 1924 play “Juno and(…)

A trip to South Shore, a journey through the Planets

A trip to South Shore, a journey through the Planets

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Summer in Chicago is a time of free outdoor enjoyment. For classical music lovers, the main venues are Millennium Park and Ravinia. But the South Shore Cultural Center has already had some splendid offerings at no charge. Last week, the Grant Park Orchestra traveled to the South Shore Cultural(…)

Afrofuturism, drones and urban blight at the Logan Center

Afrofuturism, drones and urban blight at the Logan Center

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Blocks from the University of Chicago Law School, where President Barack Obama once lectured, an art installation by saxophonist David Boykin is exploring one of the Hyde Parker’s most controversial strategies to combat terrorism: drones. Set in a room of the first floor of the Logan Center, 915 E. 60th(…)

IIT students propose Obama Library on a wider Garfield Boulevard

IIT students propose Obama Library on a wider Garfield Boulevard

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The architecture students at the Illinois Institute of Technology recently used the possibility of an Obama Presidential Library as a teaching opportunity. Marshall Brown, associate professor of architecture, led a class in the spring semester where students chose a location for the library and designed a space to fit within(…)

Harold Washington Park advisory council forming

Harold Washington Park advisory council forming

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Harold Washington Park Advisory Council held its inaugural meeting Monday night, July 7, at the Del Prado building, 5307 S. Hyde Park Blvd. While not enough volunteers arrived to elect an advisory board, Timika Hoffman-Zoller said she hopes to see more neighbors at the next meeting. The committee discussed(…)

New committee, position at U. of C. may signal tougher sex assault stance

New committee, position at U. of C. may signal tougher sex assault stance

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago’s revised sexual misconduct policy went into effect on July 1. The new approach creates a university-wide disciplinary committee for allegations of student sexual assault or unlawful discrimination. Previously cases were handled by the dean of students. If further disciplinary action was deemed necessary, a committee from(…)

Ald. Will Burns shifts support to $13 minimum wage amid “Fight for 15″ campaign

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A mayor-appointed task force co-chaired by Ald. Will Burns (4th) has called for a $13 minimum wage in Chicago. Since its May formation, the 17-member Minimum Wage Working Group has held five public hearings and reviewed studies detailing the impacts of raising the city’s $8.25 minimum wage. Last Tuesday the(…)

Summer concerts return to Nichols Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The George Franklin Memorial Summer Sunday Concert Series has kicked off its 20th annual program in Nichols Park, 1355 E. 53rd St. The concerts, which began last weekend, will continue to take place at the park from 2 to 4 p.m. every Sunday through Sept. 14. Although the series has(…)

CPS seeks input on proposed 2015 budget

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) will hold community hearings across the city Wednesday before making a final vote on its proposed budget for the 2014-2015 school year. The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and a local parents group has scrutinized the amount allocated to neighborhood schools. CPS will hold three Fiscal(…)