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After-school program to be led by SHoP’s Shaeffer

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor Community arts center South Side Hub of Production (SHoP) co-founder Laura Shaeffer is organizing Afterschool SHoP Camp, a six-week program for children grades K through 12 beginning Sept. 30 at Quaker House, 5615 S. Woodlawn Ave. The “camp” — an acronym, according to Shaeffer for cooking and creativity,(…)

High concept production fails to catch on fire

Where: Harris Theater in Millenium Park When: through Sept. 29 Phone: 312-704-8414 By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Opera’s bread and butter has always been the historical drama. Giuseppe Verdi, whose 200th birthday is now being celebrated throughout Chicago, certainly had an output that contains some notable historical operas — “Don Carlos” and “Attila” coming(…)

Renaming for Brazier raises questions about expense, choice

Renaming for Brazier raises questions about expense, choice

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposal to rename Stony Island Avenue after a prominent South Side pastor does not sit well with Hyde Park residents on that street. Emanuel last week proposed renaming Stony Island Avenue from 56th Street to 130th Street after Dr. Arthur M. Brazier, a civic leader and prominent(…)

Music venue for 53rd Street

Music venue for 53rd Street

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park should have a new music venue and restaurant by the end of this year. The Promontory, 1539 E. 53rd St., will begin serving “hearth-based” food when it opens its doors to patrons and musicians in late 2013, owner Bruce Finkelman said at a Fifth Ward meeting hosted at(…)

Deco building may gain car wash

Deco building may gain car wash

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The owners of a parking garage will request a zoning change to allow it to provide car-washing services on its lower level. The owners of the Deco Arts building, 5500 S. Lake Park Ave., will submit a request to rezone the property from B3-5 to C2-5 which attorney Sara K.(…)

We deserve better than McMobil plan

To the Editor: Gee, folks. What’s wrong about the new McMobil to be, huh? What’s all the fuss about? Aside from a full set of excuses, and of shortages, what’s the problem? Well, the problem is massive (13 stories? Here?) and multidimensional. The intended abuse of 53rd Street is unwanted, offensive, congestive, etc., etc., etc.(…)

Battle of the bands at Checkerboard

A “Battle of The Blues” tribute to Muddy Waters will take place at The Checkerboard Lounge, 5201 S. Harper Ct., at 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21. All the proceeds from the event will go towards rescuing Waters’ Bronzeville home from the wrecking ball. Admission is free and the winning band’s album will be sold at(…)

Spate of burglaries triggers CPD alert

Police cautioned residents of a spate of burglaries this month in the Hyde Park neighborhood, in a Saturday, Sept. 14, alert released by the Chicago Police Department. Incidents in which offenders trespassed through rear doors or side or rear windows and stole jewelry, tablets, electronics and currency have taken place at: the 5100 and 5400(…)