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Review: “Rusalka”

Where: Lyric Opera, 20 N. Wacker Dr. When: through March 13 Phone: 312-332-2244 By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic More than a century after it first premiered in Prague, Lyric Opera of Chicago has at last brought “Rusalka” to the Civic Opera House. Dvorak’s greatest opera is both beautiful and thought-provoking with Lyric’s treatment of(…)

Review: “The How and the Why”

RECOMMENDED Where: Timeline Theatre Company, 615 W. Wellington Ave. When: through April 6 Tickets: $35-$48 Phone: 773-281-8463 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Sarah Treem’s “The How and the Why” is a combination of the captivating and the contrived. On the one hand, the writer, whose credits include HBO’s “In Treatment” and Netflix’s “House of Cards,”(…)

Institute of Politics announces fellows

The University of Chicago Institute of Politics has announced its six spring quarter fellows: Roger Simon, Politico columnist Michael Steele, former chairman of the Republican National Committee David S. Muir, former director of political strategy for British Prime Minister Gordon Brown Ana Marie Cox, founding editor of Wonkette Bob Inglis, former U.S. Representative for South(…)

Kracke memorial announced

A memorial service will take place this Friday for Waud H. Kracke, a Hyde Park resident and University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) professor of anthropology who died on Dec. 31. The service will be held at 10 a.m. in room I-470 of UIC’s Richard M. Daley Library, 801 S. Morgan St. Donations in Kracke’s(…)

Local to perform in production

A Hyde Park native will be featured in a stage production of “American Myth,” the story of a college professor who is accused of lying about his participation in the Vietnam War. Stephen Key will be featured in the role of Mitch Kopitsky. For more information, visit americanbluestheater.com.

Update on pricey park project

A Chicago attorney seeking to develop a new framework plan and $10 million visitors center for Jackson Park will share his latest update with the public at a talk this week. Robert W. Karr Jr. will discuss Jackson Park and its Japanese garden in a lecture hosted by Friends of the Parks at 12:15 p.m.(…)

Seniors: Drop In, work out

The Chicago Hyde Park Village will host two guests from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Wednesday at it’s bimonthly Drop-In at Augustana Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave. Wellness coach Randi Kant will lead an exercise session, followed by a lunch and an improvisation workshop with Hyde Park Community Players member Dan Friedrich. Participants will(…)

Kenwood students join citywide effort to provide CPS with input

Kenwood students join citywide effort to provide CPS with input

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kenwood students Regan Allen and Ryan Stratton are two of 18 students who were chosen as members of the Chicago Public Schools Student Advisory Council (SAC). CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said she established the council so that they could share ideas from a student perspective with CPS senior leadership.(…)

Lab principal resigns

Lab principal resigns

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Carol Swainson has resigned from her position as the University of Chicago Laboratory (Lab) Middle School principal. Her term will end in June. In her resignation letter to David Magill, director of the Lab Schools, 1362 E. 59th St., Swainson, who has been the middle school principal since 2012,(…)

CPS briefly opens sale of Canter

CPS briefly opens sale of Canter

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) cancelled its requests for proposals (RFP) for real estate brokerage services just two days after it was released. Several of the schools on the list, including Canter Middle School, were not yet closed. On Wednesday, Feb. 26, CPS released the invitation, which included the property(…)

Akiba-Schechter, Murray, Preschool-for-All in latest school news

Akiba-Schechter, Murray, Preschool-for-All in latest school news

Annual Benefit at Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School, 5235 S. Cornell Ave. The Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School is hosting its annual benefit to raise money for the school. The benefit will take place at 5 p.m., Sunday, March 23, at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park, 200 N. Columbus Drive. A special tribute will be given to(…)

The Great Frame Up is going strong

To the Editor: After 13 years, Mr. Mark Jelke the owner of The Great Frame Up on 53rd Street is still in business and doing better than ever. Mr. Jelke’s store, The Great Frame Up has however made a slight change in location. He is now on 53rd St. between Dunkin Donuts and Papa John’s(…)

Dyett is a needed local resource

To the Editor: As a follow-up to the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference’s general resolution to keep all the Chicago Public Schools open, we write to support keeping, in particular, Dyett High School (slated for closure in July, 2015) open as an ongoing school. We argue in favor of keeping Dyett High School open for the(…)

Help our schools — run for an LSC spot

To the Editor: Elections for the local school councils (LSC) — a governing body of public schools consisting of the principal, two teachers, one non-teaching staff, six parents, two community representatives and, high schools, one student —are drawing near. The application deadline is March 14th and the elections are April 7 and April 8. We(…)

U. of C. selling Harper Court

U. of C. selling Harper Court

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago has listed Harper Court for sale. The 12-story, mixed-use development was listed with commercial realtor CBRE Group. It includes 224,000 square feet of space and is more than 90 percent leased to retail tenants. As part of the sale the university will sign a 20-year master(…)

Students seek to further regulate U. of C. police

Students seek to further regulate U. of C. police

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Some University of Chicago students are petitioning the school’s police department to act more like a publicly funded force. The Coalition for Equitable Policing marched to the University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) headquarters on Friday. They delivered a petition with more than 800 signatures and the support of 10(…)

Dollars pouring into 26th District race: More donate to Christian Mitchell, but Jay Travis gets some heavy hitters, too

Dollars pouring into 26th District race: More donate to Christian Mitchell, but Jay Travis gets some heavy hitters, too

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer As of January 2013, almost $700,000 has poured into the race for Illinois’ 26th District House seat — and that’s excluding donations to unaffiliated political action committees. An analysis of campaign donors reveal the interests that may command political attention should either candidate win, as well as a big fundraising(…)

Stand for Children donations to Christian Mitchell spark criticism from opponents

Stand for Children donations to Christian Mitchell spark criticism from opponents

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer 26th District challenger Jay Travis and her top fundraiser, the Chicago Teachers Union, have slammed state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) for accepting tens of thousands of dollars in donations from Oregon-based special interest group Stand for Children. During this election cycle, Mitchell has received $66,000 from Stand for Children —(…)

Crime rises slightly higher in Hyde Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer In May of last year the Chicago Police Department 2nd District received new leadership. Former Commander Fred Waller was transferred from the 2nd District to the Auburn-Gresham Neighborhood. Terence Williams took his place and implemented a tough-on-crime, broken windows approach to policing in the area. “We want to be aggressive(…)

Kenwood principal: Varsity basketball coach fired

Kenwood principal: Varsity basketball coach fired

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Jim Maley was fired from his position as head coach of the Kenwood Academy High School varsity basketball team Friday. Parents said they were shocked by the decision because Maley was a coach who cared about the academic and social emotional well being of the team members. Greg Jones,(…)