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Review: “Slowgirl”

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Where: Steppenwolf Theatre Company Upstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. When: through Sept. 1 Tickets: $20-$78 Phone: 312-335-1650 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s production of Greg Pierce’s “Slowgirl” shows just how good a quiet little two-character play can be in the hands of the right director and actors. Sensitively directed(…)

Review: Grant Park festival draws to a memorable close

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Another season of the Grant Park Music Festival has come to a close, and it could not have happened on a more pleasant evening, as thousands filled the Pritzker Pavilion, the Great Lawn and other parts of Millennium Park. GPMF artistic director and principal conductor Carlos Kalmar kicked off(…)

Historical Society teaches writing

The Hyde Park Historical Society’s Oral History Committee will present a writing workshop Sunday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The workshop, led by a University of Chicago student, will teach participants skills for writing memoir and personal essays. Short lectures and break-out sessions have been planned for the day, hosted by Congregation Rodfei Zedek,(…)

Work study

Work study

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Oriental Institute’s exhibit “Our Work: Modern Jobs — Ancient Origins” opened on Aug. 20 and will run through Feb. 23. The exhibit explores the correlation of the modern workplace to its ancient origins. Highlights of the exhibit at the Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 5th St., include portraits feature(…)

HP Gyros out, new business a mystery

HP Gyros out, new business a mystery

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern Hyde Park Gyros, 1368 E. 53rd St., has closed permanently. The restaurant’s lease expired, and Mac Properties spokesman Peter Cassel is remaining mum regarding the tenant that will replace it. Cassel claimed the owner of the store, and not Mac, was responsible for the failure to renew the lease. A sign(…)

Thanks to Hyde Park from Mobil gas

To the Editor: As owner and operator of the Mobil station on 53rd Street, it has been my pleasure to be involved in the Hyde Park community for last eight years. As many people know by now, I will be closing this Mobil location on Aug. 12. I did not want to do so without(…)

Review: An evening of unworldly music

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Schubert’s stirring Mass in E-flat Major was the major work on the Grant Park Music Festival’s program Saturday night. Artistic director and principal conductor Carlos Kalmar presided over a large force: full orchestra, big chorus and five soloists. The results were splendid. Kalmar found all the majesty and glory(…)

DuSable Museum celebrates Black marriage

Aug. 17 from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., will be celebrating Black marriages with “Jumpin’ The Broom!” The event will showcase Chicago steppin’ demonstrations, instruction and interactive dancing. Movies in the Parks will present the 2011 film, “Jumping The Broom!” at 8:30 p.m. For(…)