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“Aida” shines at Ravinia

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic The stars twinkled above Ravinia Park on Saturday. The pavilion stage was also full of stars, as James Conlon led the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and a marvelous collection of soloists in a concert performance of Verdi’s “Aida.” Soprano Latonia Moore made her Ravinia debut, singing the title role with(…)

World’s fair subject of Regenstein exhibit

The University of Chicago Library Special Collections Research Center began displaying souvenirs from both the 1983 Chicago World’s Fair and the 1933 Century of Progress International Exposition last week. The items will be on display through Oct. 5 in the exhibition gallery, 1100 E. 57th St. The collection, and its web-based companion exhibit, is based(…)

Wright volunteers needed

The Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust is calling for interpreter volunteers to lead tours at the Frederick C. Robie House, 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave. Interpreter training will take place Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays between Sept. 17 and Oct. 1 at the Robie House. Those interested in volunteering are asked to participate in a 60-minute orientation(…)

It’s a walk in the park for Max

A 15-month-old Hyde Parker will visit a park for the first time after a life time in the hospital. After spending the whole of his life in hospitals, Max Allender, 16 months, is finally home and reunited with his twin sister Coral and family. Born at 26 weeks, these young Hyde Parkers are home and(…)

Review: “Belleville”

RECOMMENDED Where: Steppenwolf Theatre Company Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. When: through Aug. 25 Tickets: $20-$78 Phone: 312-335-1650 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic The American couple at the center of Amy Herzog’s “Belleville” is seriously screwed up, but nothing in the play or Steppenwolf Theatre’s production, ably directed by Anne Kauffman and expertly acted,(…)

Review: “The Comedy of Errors”

RECOMMENDED Where: Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks, various parks When: through Aug. 25 Tickets: free, no tickets required Phone: 312-595-5600 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Chicago Shakespeare Theater kicked off its second summer of Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks on Sunday, July 28, at Eckhart Park in the Noble Square neighborhood, and a rollicking good(…)

Hyde Park Union Church exhibits “Reframing Beauty”

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor Hyde Park Union Church (HPUC), 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave., is hosting a monthlong exhibit of work by artists with disabilities. The show, entitled “Reframing Beauty,” will be on display until Aug. 30, Tuesday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The(…)

Object hanging on pole not noose

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A rope seen hanging from a light pole on Ellis Avenue at 54th Place is a piece of equipment used by electricians and not a noose some Hyde Parkers feared was left as a bad joke or threat. Robert Schacht, vice president of Meade Electric Company who is involved with(…)