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A powerful combination of music and politics

A powerful combination of music and politics

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Third Coast Percussion, a quartet of Northwestern graduates now in residence at the University of Notre Dame, offered an exciting and fascinating performance at the Logan Center as part of this season’s University of Chicago Presents concert series. Sean Connors, Robert Dillon, Peter Martin and David Skidmore created soundscapes(…)

Representative Christian Mitchell stumps for education funding reform

Representative Christian Mitchell stumps for education funding reform

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) spoke with community members in Hyde Park and Bronzeville in the past couple of weeks about Senate Bill 16 (S.B. 16), The School Funding Reform Act of 2014. According to the Illinois State Board of Education, S.B. 16 proposes that the state do away(…)

Review: “Both Your Houses”

RECOMMENDED Where: Remy Bumppo Theatre Company at Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. When: through Nov. 9 Tickets: $42.50-$57.50 Phone: 733-404-7336 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic An idealistic young congressman from a Western state comes to Washington, D.C., to help pass a bill he believes in only to find that his fellow legislators have(…)

A hairy screening at the Logan Center

The Logan Center will screen a film this Friday that explores one of the most significant art scenes to come out of Hyde Park. “Hairy Who and the Chicago Imagists” will show at 7 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 7, at the center, 915 E. 60th St., in screening room 201. The event is free and open to(…)

Man charged with 2013 Hyde Park murder

A Rogers Park man is charged with one felony count of murder in the first degree, stemming from a 2013 Hyde Park shooting. Ian Armstrong, 29, of the 1200 block of West Loyola, was charged on Oct. 30, Chicago Police said. He was identified through DNA. One man, who lived on the 1400 block of(…)

Hyde Park painter staging comeback at local frame shop

Hyde Park painter staging comeback at local frame shop

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Last week, Hyde Park painter Xavier Zehir put on his first art show in years. Zehir’s show of 10 paintings, entitled “Angels,” opened Saturday, Nov. 1, at The Great Frame Up, 1418 E. 53rd St. It’s been six years since his last exhibition — also at the store — and(…)

Alderman Hairston talks voter raffles, guns and parks in the 5th Ward

Alderman Hairston talks voter raffles, guns and parks in the 5th Ward

Hairston investigated for Facebook post At her final monthly meeting of 2014 last Tuesday, Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) addressed questions surrounding a Facebook post inviting voters to enter a raffle with their voter receipts that prompted the Cook County State’s Attorney’s election fraud unit to open an investigation. The post was meant to encourage voting(…)