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School of dance’s “Nutcracker”

The Hyde Park School of Dance (HPSD) concludes its 20th anniversary season with its annual Nutcracker performances in December. This year’s production features a record 170 dancers and, as special guests in the role of Mother Ginger, Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) and Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Wallace Goode. Performances are Dec. 14(…)

Camp Douglas subject of discussion

David Keller, managing director of the Camp Douglas Restoration Foundation, will speak at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 10, at the Hyde Park Historical Society, 5229 S. Lake Park Ave. Keller will discuss the history and group’s archaeological study of the Camp Douglas civil war prison, according to the society. More than 25,000 soldiers were trained(…)

After small glitch, Jackson locked up

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Former Hyde Park Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. reported to prison last week, four days early. Jackson was ordered by the court to report to the federal correctional center in Butner, N.C., on Nov. 1. He was initially turned away when he attempted to report on Monday, Oct. 28. He was(…)

“… and they put up a parking lot”

To the Editor: It’s certainly been a bad year for old Hyde Park buildings. First, the University of Chicago’s Ingleside Hall went down and now MAC is planning to bulldoze three luxury 1892 rowhouses from the Columbian Exposition era now standing on the 5100 block of Harper. All fine buildings, one sacrificed to a big(…)

Save the 47th Street fitness complex

To the Editor: Hyde Park has a wonderful asset which we might lose. For the past several months, rumors have spread about the property at 47th Street and Lake Park Avenue. Currently, it houses the following facilities: XS Tennis, an indoor tennis club, LA fitness and the University of Chicago Physical Therapy and Advocate Health Outpatient(…)

University concern about input hollow

To the Editor: So the South East Chicago Commission is now conducting a traffic study “as a result of the 53rd Street Visioning Workshops.” I applaud the volunteer spirit of the community members who will serve on the committee. But the concerns about traffic were raised at the first Visioning Workshop in 2007, so why(…)

Ray will discuss state of school

The Ray “State of the School” address will take place at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13. Toni Hill, interim principal at Ray, will deliver the address. The school’s local school council meeting has been rescheduled and will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19. Parents interested in sending their children to William H. Ray(…)

Scary rumors trafficking in Hyde Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Some Hyde Parkers heard quite a scary story this Halloween. Rumors started flying that the University of Chicago and the South East Chicago Commission were planning to block all vehicular traffic from 53rd Street. The SECC’s 53rd Street Twitter feed, @HydePark53, tweeted Thursday afternoon “How would you feel if east(…)

Editorial: 53rd Street must also incubate local business

When Hyde Park was preparing for the dramatic remaking of the neighborhood that came to be known as Urban Renewal in the 1950s, offices for the City of Chicago were established on the second floor of the Harper Building on the northwest corner of 53rd Street and Harper Avenue. There, the ambitions of civic leaders(…)

Efficiency Isn’t Everything

To the Editor: Somewhere in the more efficient, income-producing, planned further construction for 53rd Street there must be accommodation for the arts and crafts displaced by the razing of Harper Court. This special arrangement there made for Artisans 21, in part accounts for its longevity (45-plus years); until now. Will this aspect of Hyde Park(…)

Verdi’s “Otello” hits all the right notes

Verdi’s “Otello” hits all the right notes

Where: Lyric Opera, 20 N. Wacker Drive When: through Nov. 2 Phone: 1-312-332-2244 By M.L. Rantala Classical Music Critic Verdi’s “Otello” never fails to offer rich opportunities for artists who are both splendid singers and actors. Opening night at Lyric Opera of Chicago proved this to be true yet again, with a splendid cast and(…)

Review: “The Wheel”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. When: through Nov. 10 Tickets: $20-$82 Phone: 1-312-335-1650 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic If you go to Steppenwolf Theatre’s American premiere of “The Wheel” just to see Joan Allen on stage there for the first time in more than two decades, you won’t(…)

Review: “Smokefall”

RECOMMENDED Where: Goodman Theatre, Owen Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. When: through Nov. 3 Tickets: $10-$40 Phone: 312-443-3800 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Is life worth living and what makes it so? Those are the metaphysical questions at the core of Noah Haidle’s imaginative, engaging and often very funny “Smokefall” in the Goodman Theatre’s Owen(…)

Hyde Park playwright to make debut

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor A staged reading of selected works by a young Hyde Park playwright will take place at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave., at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8. Rachel Baker, daughter of Hyde Park Community Players President Paul Baker and a junior at Coe College in(…)

Man shot Sunday on Cornell Avenue

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A man was listed in serious condition after being shot at 8:55 p.m. Sunday in the 5400 block of South Cornell Avenue. An unnamed 55-year-old man sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the body, including a wound to the head, according to representatives of Chicago Police News Affairs. The victim was(…)

St. Thomas hosts architecture talk

St. Thomas hosts architecture talk

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Patrons of the arts or architecture fans may want to look to St. Thomas The Apostle Roman Catholic Parish. St. Thomas The Apostle recently began a lecture series on the architecture and art contained in the city’s first modern Catholic church. The next lecture in the series will focus on(…)

Math excludes Broncos from playoffs; Englewood trounced

Math excludes Broncos from playoffs; Englewood trounced

By Joseph Phillips Sports Writer After hearing the news earlier in the week that they were mathematically eliminated from the Chicago Public League Football playoffs, the Kenwood Broncos would take out their frustrations on TEAM-Englewood in a 52-to-8 drubbing on “Senior Day” at Eckersall Stadium. “We heard the news earlier this week,” said Kenwood coach Darnell Jones. “Chicago(…)

Field Museum shines a light on the Exposition

Field Museum shines a light on the Exposition

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer For six months 120 years ago Hyde Park was the center of global attention. The Field Museum recreates the Columbian Exposition that took place in Jackson Park in its newest temporary exhibit, “Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair.” The exhibit opened on Friday and will remain at(…)

Theater criticizes studios

Theater criticizes studios

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Harper Theater will show “12 Years A Slave” beginning Friday, Nov. 1, two weeks after blasting distributor 20th Century Fox’s decision to exclude it from the film’s initial release. The movie was originally released Oct. 18. Earlier that week, Harper Theater posted a petition on Change.org highlighting its(…)

Italian in Hyde Park

Italian in Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Chef Matthias Merges will open his third restaurant, the widely-anticipated northern Italian-inspired A10, next Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 1462 E. 53rd St. Named after the highway connecting northern Italy and southern France, A10 will have a menu that includes 35 dinner items, 21 lunch offerings and 18 brunch(…)