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Review: “Queenie Pie”

Where: Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph St. When: through March 5 Phone: 312-704-8414 Web: chicagooperatheater.org By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Chicago Opera Theater (COT) opened its 40th season Saturday night with the Chicago premiere of Duke Ellington’s “Queenie Pie” at the Harris Theater. Variously known as a “jazz opera” or a “street opera” or(…)

Fire at new fast food spot delays opening

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A Hyde Park restaurant was gutted by fire days before it was scheduled to open. Wingers, 1638 E. 53rd St., caught fire Feb. 5. Management company MAC Property spokesman Peter Cassel said there was smoke damage to three apartments above the restaurant but no injuries. Fire damage was contained to(…)

MSI to host free days through February

The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) will be offering free museum entry for kids through Feb. 28. Free days at MSI, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., will take place daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Activities include: “See lightning strike — indoors! Manipulate a tornado” – Science Storms exhibit; “Climb inside a historic(…)

Oriental Institute to host symposium on Egypt

The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago is hosting a Graduate Student Symposium, March 1, sponsored by the Chicago Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt. The symposium, which will take place at 5 p.m. at the museum, 1155 E. 58th St., will include presentations by Natasha Ayers, who will speak on “Preliminary(…)

Deadline to run for CPS local school council approaching

Deadline to run for CPS local school council approaching

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The deadline to apply to run in the Chicago Public Schools local school council (LSC) election is 3 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 26. Parent and community members who are interested in running for the LSC must complete an original Candidate Nomination Form, a Criminal Conviction Disclosure Form, and a Telephone(…)

Petition to repair Darrow bridge in circulation

Petition to repair Darrow bridge in circulation

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Jackson Park Advisory Council will be collecting signatures soon to repair the Clarence Darrow Bridge. The bridge, located at the north entrance to Wooded Island, is the closest entrance to the Japanese Garden from the parking lot. Since late last year, the Darrow Bridge, named for Hyde Parker and(…)

Ancona to roll out new Montessori program offerings

Ancona to roll out new Montessori program offerings

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ancona School will be rolling out new Montessori program offerings for its pre-primary students in the fall. The programs will offer a longer day and include dual language instruction, according to Ancona Head Bonnie Wishne. Starting September 2014, parents of 3 to 6 year olds will have the(…)

Storied law professor George Anastaplo dies

Storied law professor George Anastaplo dies

George Anastaplo, 88, a Hyde Parker who became widely known for arguing his own case in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, died Friday, Feb. 14. Anastaplo was born Nov. 7, 1925 in St. Louis, Mo., to Greek immigrants Theodore Anastaplo and Margarita Syriopulou. After serving in World War II as a navigator for the(…)

Join us to improve our public schools

To the Editor: We are very excited that the Hyde Park/Kenwood Community Action Council (CAC) is up and running. This is an entity that has been created by individuals in our community, in partnership with Chicago Public Schools, to create a vision for our neighborhood schools through the participation and voice of parents, teachers, administrators, community members, churches,(…)

Why I deserve to be reelected

By STATE REP. CHRISTIAN MITCHELL (D-26) Before you elected me as your state representative, I was a community organizer with Southsiders Organizing For Unity and Liberation. I worked with families to fight for education funding reform, affordable housing and to create jobs in our communities. I later went on to work on senior staff for(…)

State Rep. Christian Mitchell makes case for re-election

State Rep. Christian Mitchell makes case for re-election

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer “My opponent’s getting a little more vocal lately and doing a lot of talking,” state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) told an audience of almost 40 at a canvassing event last Saturday at his campaign headquarters, 900 E. 47th St. “This race is about more than just rhetoric. This race is(…)

Hyde Park businesses bypass banks, turn to crowdfunding

Hyde Park businesses bypass banks, turn to crowdfunding

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer More than one year after opening its doors, coffee shop Sip and Savor is seeking investment capital directly from members of the community. Entrepreneur Trez V. Pugh III is asking individual investors for a total $25,000 in loans by March 1 via website LendSquare. The funds will be paid back(…)

Public theologian to discuss carbon tax at First Unitarian

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A public theologian will discuss carbon taxes this weekend at First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave. Chicagoland-based Rev. Terry Gallagher, a minister in the United Church of Christ and former engineer and chemical plant manager, will present the talk at 11:30 a.m. this Sunday, February 23, entitled “Climate Change(…)

K.A.M. Isaiah Israel hosts weekend of talks on the Jewish family

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer K.A.M. Isaiah Israel, 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd., will host a weekend of discussion regarding the history and future of the Jewish family structure. After Shabbat service, at 7:30 p.m., on Friday, Feb. 28, Jonathan Boyarin will present “The Jewish Family in History.” Boyarin is the author of “The Jewish(…)

Hyde Park Historical Society Dinner

Hyde Park Historical Society Dinner

February 22. Hyde Park Historical Society Dinner, Cocktails and Book signing 5:30 – 6:30, dinner and awards afterward. Location: Howard van Doren Shaw’s Quadrangle Club. The book is receiving the Jean Block award. For further information contact the Hyde Park Historical Society. (773) 493-1893.

The Women’s Athletic Club

The Women’s Athletic Club

March 12 – The Women’s Athletic Club, 12:00.  626 No. Michigan Avenue. For further information contact Diana Rinard at membership@wacchicago.com

The Standard Club

The Standard Club

April 24 – The Standard Club 11:30. Co-sponsored by the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. 320 So. Plymouth Court. For further information contact Gina Ciacco at gciaccio@stclub.org

Friends of Blackstone Library

Friends of Blackstone Library

May 12 – Friends of Blackstone Library. Despres Memorial Lecture. 7:00. 4904 So. Blackstone Avenue. For further information contact Brenda Sawyer: litjoy.voices@gmail.com

Second Presbyterian Church

Second Presbyterian Church

May 15 – Second Presbyterian Church. 6:00 refreshments, 7:00 talk. 1936 So. Michigan Avenue. For further information contact Lisa Napoles: historic2ndchurch@yahoo.com