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Review: “Big Lake Big City”

RECOMMENDED Where: Lookingglass Theatre Company, Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave, When: through Aug. 25 Tickets: $36-$79 Phone: 312-337-0665 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic The world premiere of “Big Lake Big City” opened at Lookingglass Theatre to great expectations. Local playwright Keith Huff catapulted to fame when his gritty two-character Chicago cop drama,(…)

Aging need not close off options

By ANDREW HOLZMAN You know the image well: an elderly man or woman sits at home, perhaps watching television, alone and depressed. This vision for retirement saturates our culture — we see the “crazy cat lady” trope repeated on television, and comments we make in passing reveal a view of getting old that seems primarily(…)

Ald. Burns ignoring needs of seniors

To the Editor: Dating back to April of 2012, seniors from Judge Slater Apartments and Judge Slater Annex, just north of 43rd Street on Cottage Grove Avenue, have mailed in excess of 30 letters of complaint to Ald. Will Burns (4th), the Chicago Housing Authority and others about the deplorable health and safety conditions that(…)

No. 28 bus should return to old route

To the Editor: I am disappointed with the Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA) promises to give us transit with the No. 28 bus to businesses along Lake Park Avenue up to 55th Street. As you know, the No. 6 and the No. 28 turn left on Hyde Park Boulevard, leaving those of us who live on(…)

Remember the star behind Chaka Khan

To the Editor: It’s nice to read that the 5000 block of South Blackstone Avenue will be honorarily named after former Kenwood High student Chaka Khan, as I am sure this will raise the market value of my 1978 Kenwood diploma. But I’m sure Ms. Khan would agree that an even longer length of nearby(…)

Millionaire digs discussed at OI

The University of Chicago is hosting a free lecture titled “The Millionaire and the Mummies: Theodore Davis’s Gilded Age in the Valley of the Kings” at the Oriental Institute. Guest speaker John M. Adams, a Chicago native and director emeritus of the Orange County, Calif., Public Library, will discuss Theodore Davis, an American millionaire who(…)

HP jazz festival releases lineup

The Hyde Park Jazz festival released the schedule and lineup for its September event. This year’s event, which takes place in 13 venues throughout the neighborhood, is in its seventh year. More than 30 performers have been booked on 13 stages. Headliners include drummer Dana Hall, Grammy nominee Gerald Clayton and Anat Cohen and Douglas(…)

World’s fair grounds tour offered

A tour of the 1893 World’s Fair grounds will take place in Jackson Park on Saturday, July 20, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The tour will be led by retired Chicago policeman and historian Ray Johnson and will begin at the Clarence Darrow Memorial Bridge, located behind the Museum of Science and Industry, 5700(…)