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Something different this way comes

Something different this way comes

By M.L. RANTALA What: “Macbeth” by Ernest Bloch Where: Harris Theater When: Through Sep. 21 Phone: 312-704-8414 Web: ChicagoOperaTheater.org Chicago Opera Theater’s advertising tag line is “More of the different,” which aptly captures what this company does. Their latest offering is the Chicago premiere of an opera more than a century old but which has(…)

Find a hidden treasure, help a worthwhile cause

A fundraiser that benefits the Avon Foundation for breast cancer research will take place 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 28 at 5221 S. Kenwood Ave. Items range from children’s items to antiques to books and furniture. For more information, call 773-955-9854.

“Stupid F***ing Bird”

“Stupid F***ing Bird”

RECOMMENDED Where: Sideshow Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. When: through Sept. 21 Tickets: $20-$25 Phone: 773-871-3000 ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Adam Posner describes his “Stupid F***ing Bird” as “sort of adapted from ‘The Seagull’ by Anton Chekhov,” but it’s more like he’s totally deconstructed the 1895 play, analyzed(…)

Upcoming Children’s Book Fair sure to send kids dancing

Upcoming Children’s Book Fair sure to send kids dancing

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Children will be center stage at this year’s Children’s Book Fair in Hyde Park. “Dancing with Class” is a school-based program where 20 instructors go to about 50 public schools across the city and teach ballroom, Latin and swing dance to 4th, 5th and 6th graders. The most advanced(…)

Hales Franciscan High School moving forward with new principal and vision

Hales Franciscan High School moving forward with new principal and vision

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Rising out of a year of tumultuous scandal, Hales Franciscan High School is starting its new school year with a new principal who is bringing a new focus and curriculum to the school. Hales, 4930 S. Cottage Gove Ave., after 50 years as the only African American, all-male, Catholic(…)

Alderman Will Burns launches re-election campaign

Alderman Will Burns launches re-election campaign

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Ald. Will Burns (4th) officially launched his re-election campaign Friday at the Chicago Lake Shore Hotel, 4900 S. Lake Shore Dr. Cook County Board President — and former 4th Ward Alderman — Toni Preckwinkle gave Burns her endorsement, saying “as senior members of the party we have to help those(…)

Ray Elementary introduces 13 candidates for principal in dramatic new approach

Ray Elementary introduces 13 candidates for principal in dramatic new approach

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Keeping with its goal to have a transparent principal selection process, the Ray Elementary School local school council held an unprecedented principal candidate forum Thursday evening. All of the candidates interested in the school were invited to the forum to speak to the Ray community. “We’ve been working since(…)

Army Corps of Engineers reveals details on plan to poison Jackson Park lagoon

Army Corps of Engineers reveals details on plan to poison Jackson Park lagoon

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has revealed new details about its plan to poison the Jackson Park lagoon and replace its entire stock of fish. As part of a $5- to $10-million federally funded, 139-acre restoration project to restore native habitats at Jackson Park, the USACE will kill(…)

South Shore pastor makes bid for 5th Ward alderman

South Shore pastor makes bid for 5th Ward alderman

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The path to becoming Fifth Ward alderman may be an uphill one for first-time candidate Jedidiah Brown, but the South Shore resident is eager to plunge into politics after years as a community activist and pastor. Brown is the president of the Young Leaders Alliance, a community service non-profit, and(…)

Dodging snares, Lyric Stars soars

Dodging snares, Lyric Stars soars

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic It was clear and only just a little cool Saturday night as some 11,000 people settled into one of Chicago’s favorite parks for the annual “Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park” concert. The actual audience was even larger than those who made their way to the lakefront, as(…)

Review: “My Name is Asher Lev”

Review: “My Name is Asher Lev”

RECOMMENDED Where: TimeLine Theatre Company at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. When: through Oct. 18 Tickets: $37-$50 Phone: 773-327-5252 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic TimeLine Theatre Company’s 18th season gets off to an auspicious start with the Chicago premiere of “My Name is Asher Lev,” Aaron Posner’s adaptation of Chaim Potok’s best-selling 1972 novel(…)

Hyde Park Community Players holding auditions, meeting for upcoming productions

The Hyde Park Community Players will hold two events this week at Quaker House, 5615 S. Woodlawn Ave., to prepare for upcoming productions. The Players will hold auditions from 5:30-9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 10, for their November production of Tom Stoppard’s 1993 play “Arcadia.” Audition materials will be provided. Although preparation is not required,(…)

Chicago Child Care Society celebrates remodel

Chicago Child Care Society celebrates remodel

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Chicago Child Care Society is hosting a ribbon cutting to celebrate the remodel of its first floor lobby. The organization will also be opening a satellite location in the Englewood neighborhood in October and celebrating its 165th anniversary in November. The Chicago Child Care Society’s (CCCS), 5467 S.(…)

Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce to host neighborhood dinner crawl

Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce to host neighborhood dinner crawl

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce will host a second Dinner Crawl, giving diners the opportunity to sample food from some 53rd Street businesses. The crawl will take place Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the western end of the 53rd Street business corridor. Tickets are(…)

Thanks for standing up for fish

To the Editor: As someone who has walked nearly daily in Jackson Park for the last 15 years, I am grateful to the Hyde Park Herald for demanding a more careful consideration of the proposed poisoning of fish in the Jackson Park lagoon. The mania for native species has gone too far, and the commitment(…)

It’s not necessary to kill the fish

To the Editor: Why kill all the fish in the Jackson Park Lagoon? Why not stun and relocate? I’ve fished the lagoon ever since I was a small lad. Just catch and release. Why not clean up water and restock? Some of us really enjoy fishing there where we don’t have to travel great distances. I’m(…)

The return of the goldfinches

To the Editor: Actually, the goldfinches have been here all summer. These tiny, puffed-up flecks of sunlight flit amongst local parks, gardens and any place that provides food and other necessities for a productive goldfinch life. In late summer they begin to prepare for the winter. The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) maintains beds of(…)

Hoping Kiwanis will stick around

To the Editor: It was sad to read the recent cover story on the current status of the Hyde Park Kiwanis Club. I am not a member of the Hyde Park Club, but am a 39-year member of the Southeast Kiwanis Club. All of the reasons Kiwanis Clubs are diminishing as stated in the article(…)

Free School opens its doors at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club

Free School opens its doors at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The new school year brings another school choice for Hyde Park families. Despite a major hiccup in location, The Chicago Free School opened its doors for the first time on Sept. 2. The parents, board members and teachers of the Free School, which is a private school that has(…)

Hyde Park Art Center to host 75th anniversary block party

Hyde Park Art Center to host 75th anniversary block party

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Art Center will host a block party this weekend to celebrate its 75th anniversary. The free party will take place on the 5000 block of Cornell Avenue, where the Center is located, between noon and 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13, complete with art workshops, live music(…)