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Review: “Madama Butterfly”

Where: Lyric Opera, 20 N. Wacker Drive When: Through Jan. 26 Phone: 312-332-2244 By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Lyric Opera of Chicago has a new production of “Madama Butterfly.” It’s simple, it’s pretty and it’s effective. The sets and costumes by Christopher Oram and the stage direction by Louisa Muller (of a revival originally(…)

Review: “Compulsion”

SLIGHTLY RECOMMENDED Where: Next Theatre Company, Noyse Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., Evanston When: Through Nov. 17 Tickets: $30-$40 Phone: 847-475-1875 ext. 2 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Some people are so aggressive, so adversarial and so driven to be their own worst enemy that it’s hard to have much sympathy for them. Such(…)

Chabad offering meals

The Rohr Chabad Center will distribute meals to seniors and residents unable to attend a family or group dinner this Thanksgiving. Featured fare will include roast turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, green beans, salad, a dinner roll and pumpkin pie. To anonymously suggest a meal recipient, contact the Chabad Jewish Center at the University of Chicago(…)

Farmer’s market becomes year-round event

The 61st Street Farmers Market has moved indoors through the remainder of its season and will be inside the Experimental Station, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave. The market will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday through Dec. 14 and every fourth Saturday through April. It will be closed on Nov. 30.

Bette Cerf Hill awarded at luncheon

Bette Cerf Hill, founder of the Young Women’s Leadership School of Chicago and wife of Herald publisher Bruce Sagan, was an honoree at the 2013 Personal PAC Annual Awards Luncheon, Monday, Nov. 4. Personal PAC, a pro-choice political action committee, held the luncheon at the Chicago Hilton, 720 S. Michigan Ave., which national Planned Parenthood(…)

Ray “State of the School” on Wednesday

The Ray Elementary School “State of the School” address will take place at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13. Interim Principal Toni Hill 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.

Hyde Park Players present “Dangerous Liaisons” this weekend

Hyde Park Players present “Dangerous Liaisons” this weekend

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor The Hyde Park Community Players will present “Dangerous Liaisons” this weekend and next at University Church, 5655 S. University Ave. The anachronistic production is based on Christopher Hampton’s 1985 adaptation of the 18th century French novel, a tale of two idle French aristocrats and their schemes to seduce(…)

Urban institute gets leader

Urban institute gets leader

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Cornelia Grumman was named the new director of policy and strategic communications at the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute (UEI). Grumman is a national leader in education policy advocacy and communication and will begin on Nov. 20. Grumman’s appointment is part of UEI’s plan to improve schooling nationwide.(…)

Hyde Park native pens book

Hyde Park native pens book

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Hyde Park native Richard Pollak will read from his new memoir, “After the Barn,” at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 18, at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave. The 79-year-old New York City-based author and journalist, who grew up in Hyde Park between 1937 and 1952,(…)

Hyde Parker donates sweets

Hyde Parker donates sweets

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park resident Robyn Rice-Foster will join more than 30 chocolatiers in contributing a variety of their chocolate-based creations to the 12th Annual AIDS Foundation of Chicago’s World of Chocolate gala. The gala, which is hosted by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC), was created to commemorate World AIDS(…)

UCPD review backs decision

UCPD review backs decision

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Independent Review Committee (IRC) for the University of Chicago Police Department determined that the department was largely correct in the way it handled complaints against itself last year. The IRC released its annual audit of the UCPD late last month. The IRC reviews complaints alleging excessive force, violation of(…)

UCPD committee seeks input

UCPD committee seeks input

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Ad Hoc Faculty Committee on Dissent and Protest is accepting ideas and recommendations from the public. The Committee was formed in response to the University of Chicago Police Department’s actions to a nonviolent protest at the then-vacant Center for Care and Discovery. In January, students, neighborhood(…)

City Hyde Park progresses

City Hyde Park progresses

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Chicago Committee on the Transportation and the Public Way approved Silliman Group’s request for permits to install planters, tree grates, sheetings and tiebacks at the former Village Shopping Center. Silliman, the financial arm of MAC Property Management, applied for permits to install eight planters, eight tree grates, two construction(…)

CPS shuffles local chiefs

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools recently released a list of its new school networks. The list shows a decrease in the number of network areas and a shuffling of network area chiefs in each neighborhood, including Hyde Park. Area networks have been pared down from 19 offices to 13 offices that(…)

Co-op ends Newberry stint

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Seminary Co-op Bookstore recently ended its relationship with the Newberry Library. For 15 years the Co-op has managed the library’s downtown bookstore, 60 W. Walton St., but as of Nov. 1, Newberry took over management. “In talking with them about our future it made the most sense for the(…)

Diehards fight for Canter

Diehards fight for Canter

By LINDSAY WELBERS and DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writers Hyde Parkers aren’t through fighting to keep Canter Middle School open. The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference (HP-K CC) Schools Committee voted to explore forming a Community Action Council (CAC) at its meeting Wednesday night at Canter, 4959 S. Blackstone Ave. A CAC would consist of community(…)

Antheus to ease Harte traffic

Antheus to ease Harte traffic

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Although there are no immediate plans to move forward on the building of the Solstice on the Park condominiums, Antheus Captial plans to honor its commitment to help solve the hazardous pick-up and drop-off conditions at Bret Harte Elementary School. In 2008, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) approved a land(…)

SSA under committee review

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The City Council Committee on Finance will hear arguments for and against creating a Special Service Area (SSA) on 53rd Street. The Finance committee will have a public meeting to discuss the creation of SSA 61, which would levy an additional property tax, along the 53rd Street business corridor and(…)

Big week for Harper Court

Big week for Harper Court

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Office tenants will begin moving into Harper Court this week, just ahead of the project’s grand opening. Administrative personnel from the information technology services, alumni relations and facilities services departments will all begin moving into the office tower, 5235 S. Harper Ct., on Nov. 7. The moves should be complete(…)

Congresswoman Kelly visits Hyde Park

Congresswoman Kelly visits Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Second District Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) visited Hyde Park Monday morning for her first event in the neighborhood open to the press since being elected in April. Kelly’s weeklong Economic Development Tour focusing on businesses and jobs began at the Sip and Savor coffee shop, 5301 S. Hyde(…)