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Former Congressman Mel Reynolds in trouble again

Former Illinois 2nd Congressional District U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds was deported from Zimbabwe last Sunday, after pleading guilty Friday to a visa violation but being dismissed on charges of pornography possession. Reynolds was arrested in Zimbabwe’s capital city Harare last Monday. The disgraced ex-Congressman and onetime Rhodes Scholar – who resigned on the heels of(…)

Executive director named for University of Chicago Delhi campus

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago named Bharath Visweswariah, a business and management consultant in India, as the executive director of the university’s Center in Delhi earlier this month. The center is expected to open in March. Visweswariah will create and oversee administrative functions, staffing the center and implementing a strategic plan(…)

Review: “Gypsy”

RECOMMENDED Where: Chicago Shakespeare Theater Courtyard Theater, Navy Pier When: through March 23 Tickets: $45-$88 Phone: 312-595-5600 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic In most of the productions of “Gypsy” I’ve seen, Mama Rose is the iconic stage mother from hell relentlessly pushing her daughters to succeed in show business out of her own failed ambition. But(…)

Little Black Pearl Art and Design Academy to host open house Wednesday

Little Black Pearl Art and Design Academy to host open house Wednesday

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Little Black Pearl shed its alternative high school partnership with Youth Connections Charter School and opened a public high school through Chicago Public Schools (CPS). The school is hosting an open house Wednesday. Little Black Pearl, an art and design center for youth, 1060 E. 47th St., launched The(…)

Part Four: Leading to land clearance, 55th Street and Lake Avenue

Part Four: Leading to land clearance, 55th Street and Lake Avenue

By SUSAN O’CONNOR DAVIS From a 21st century vantage point, it seems the standard that urban renewal planners relied on for the clearance area near Lake Avenue and 55th Street was not urban, but based on the midcentury suburbs that drew city dwellers away from communities like Hyde Park. During the urban renewal period, planners(…)

U. of C. student found dead Sat

A 20-year-old University of Chicago student was found dead in his room at 4:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, in Booth House in International House, 1414 E. 59th St. Nicholas Brastin Barnes was a third-year Germanic Studies student at the college. Karen Warren Coleman, vice president for Campus Life and Student Services, and Dean of Students(…)

Lost Hyde Park: A first family weighs in

Lost Hyde Park: A first family weighs in

One of the benefits of writing the series of articles for the Herald is the outreach of the paper. We received a call from the great-grandson of Paul Cornell, John Cornell, who currently resides in Florida. Mr. Cornell saw one of the articles and called to find where he could purchase the book, Chicago’s Historic Hyde Park.  In(…)

Review: “The Little Prince”

RECOMMENDED Where: Lookingglass Theatre Company, Water Tower Water Works, 21 N. Michigan Ave. When: through March 16 Tickets: $45-$75 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Ever since it was published in 1943, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s “The Little Prince” (“Le Petit Prince”) has been captivating hearts and minds with its touching story of an aviator who crashes(…)

Review: “Rough Crossing”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: First Folio Theatre, Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oakbrook When: through March 2 Tickets: $26-$37 Phone: 630-986-8067 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic In the right hands, Tom Stoppard’s “Rough Crossing” is hilarious. Based on Ferenc Molnar’s “Play at the Castle,” the delightful, verbally dense farce revels in witty word play(…)

Review: “Queenie Pie”

Where: Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph St. When: through March 5 Phone: 312-704-8414 Web: chicagooperatheater.org By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Chicago Opera Theater (COT) opened its 40th season Saturday night with the Chicago premiere of Duke Ellington’s “Queenie Pie” at the Harris Theater. Variously known as a “jazz opera” or a “street opera” or(…)

Fire at new fast food spot delays opening

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A Hyde Park restaurant was gutted by fire days before it was scheduled to open. Wingers, 1638 E. 53rd St., caught fire Feb. 5. Management company MAC Property spokesman Peter Cassel said there was smoke damage to three apartments above the restaurant but no injuries. Fire damage was contained to(…)

MSI to host free days through February

The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) will be offering free museum entry for kids through Feb. 28. Free days at MSI, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., will take place daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Activities include: “See lightning strike — indoors! Manipulate a tornado” – Science Storms exhibit; “Climb inside a historic(…)

Oriental Institute to host symposium on Egypt

The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago is hosting a Graduate Student Symposium, March 1, sponsored by the Chicago Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt. The symposium, which will take place at 5 p.m. at the museum, 1155 E. 58th St., will include presentations by Natasha Ayers, who will speak on “Preliminary(…)

Deadline to run for CPS local school council approaching

Deadline to run for CPS local school council approaching

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The deadline to apply to run in the Chicago Public Schools local school council (LSC) election is 3 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 26. Parent and community members who are interested in running for the LSC must complete an original Candidate Nomination Form, a Criminal Conviction Disclosure Form, and a Telephone(…)

Petition to repair Darrow bridge in circulation

Petition to repair Darrow bridge in circulation

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Jackson Park Advisory Council will be collecting signatures soon to repair the Clarence Darrow Bridge. The bridge, located at the north entrance to Wooded Island, is the closest entrance to the Japanese Garden from the parking lot. Since late last year, the Darrow Bridge, named for Hyde Parker and(…)

Ancona to roll out new Montessori program offerings

Ancona to roll out new Montessori program offerings

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ancona School will be rolling out new Montessori program offerings for its pre-primary students in the fall. The programs will offer a longer day and include dual language instruction, according to Ancona Head Bonnie Wishne. Starting September 2014, parents of 3 to 6 year olds will have the(…)

Storied law professor George Anastaplo dies

Storied law professor George Anastaplo dies

George Anastaplo, 88, a Hyde Parker who became widely known for arguing his own case in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, died Friday, Feb. 14. Anastaplo was born Nov. 7, 1925 in St. Louis, Mo., to Greek immigrants Theodore Anastaplo and Margarita Syriopulou. After serving in World War II as a navigator for the(…)

Join us to improve our public schools

To the Editor: We are very excited that the Hyde Park/Kenwood Community Action Council (CAC) is up and running. This is an entity that has been created by individuals in our community, in partnership with Chicago Public Schools, to create a vision for our neighborhood schools through the participation and voice of parents, teachers, administrators, community members, churches,(…)

Why I deserve to be reelected

By STATE REP. CHRISTIAN MITCHELL (D-26) Before you elected me as your state representative, I was a community organizer with Southsiders Organizing For Unity and Liberation. I worked with families to fight for education funding reform, affordable housing and to create jobs in our communities. I later went on to work on senior staff for(…)

State Rep. Christian Mitchell makes case for re-election

State Rep. Christian Mitchell makes case for re-election

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer “My opponent’s getting a little more vocal lately and doing a lot of talking,” state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) told an audience of almost 40 at a canvassing event last Saturday at his campaign headquarters, 900 E. 47th St. “This race is about more than just rhetoric. This race is(…)