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“Tug of War: Civil Strife, Henry VI Parts 2 & 3 and Richard III”

“Tug of War: Civil Strife, Henry VI Parts 2 & 3 and Richard III”

RECOMMENDED Where: Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Courtyard Theater, Navy Pier When: through Oct. 9 Tickets: $100 Phone: 312-595-5600 By: ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic You can be forgiven if you have a hard time keeping the characters straight for about the first two-thirds of “Tug of War: Civil Strife,” the second half of Barbara Gaines’ ambitious attempt(…)

A marvelous “Love Potion” by Chicago Opera Theater

A marvelous “Love Potion” by Chicago Opera Theater

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic What: “The Love Potion” Where: Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Southport) When: Through Oct. 9 Contact: chicagooperatheater.org Like a fine chocolate or a carefully calibrated watch, the Swiss are known for deliciousness and fine-tuning. Swiss composer brought these traits together in his delectable and sophisticatedly complex cantata “Le Vin(…)

Elaine Wong, 91

Elaine Wong, 91

Hyde Park resident Elaine Wong, M.D., nee Chong, age 91, of Chicago, passed away on September 2, 2016 of natural causes. Wong, or “Popo” to her three beloved grandchildren, was a loving grandmother, mother of two children, and wife to Arthur Wong for 51 years. She was born in Honolulu, Hawaii as the middle of(…)

Phil C. Neal, 97

Phil C. Neal, 97

Former University of Chicago Law School (UCLS) Dean Phil C. Neal, antitrust expert, litigator and law firm founder, died Sept. 27, he was 97. Neal was a professor at the Law School for 21 years and its sixth dean. He taught subjects including Elements of the Law, Antitrust, and Constitutional Law. He hired scholars Richard Posner,(…)

Tree planting event brings community together

Tree planting event brings community together

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Openlands and Project 120 collaborated on a project to celebrate what they are calling “Oaktober,” Saturday, Oct. 1. Despite the rain and persistent mosquitos, treekeepers and community volunteers gathered in Washington Park, 5531 S. King Dr., to plant 12 trees for Oak Tree Awareness month or “Oaktober.” Oak trees are(…)

Photos from Hyde Parkers’ collection on display at the Smart

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer If a picture is worth 1,000 words, then the new photo exhibit at the Smart Museum of Art entitled “There was a whole collection” is worth 255,000 words. The exhibit features 255 photos from the 830 photo collection of the late Hyde Park residents Lester and Betty Guttman. The photos(…)

“Concrete Traffic” exhibit returns to U. of C.

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer “Concrete Traffic,” the seminal sculpture by German Fluxus artist Wolf Vostell, will make its way home to the University of Chicago (U. of C.) from the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) in a procession down Lake Shore Drive Friday, Sept. 30. The piece was commissioned by the MCA in the(…)

Trigger improv show tackles tough issues

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer The Revival, 1160 E. 55th St., presented the opening night of their inaugural sketch comedy revue Trigger Saturday night, Oct. 1. Written and performed by a six member cast, directed by Cassie Ahiers, produced by John Stoop and featuring live jazz music from the Cam Cunningham Trio. According to the(…)

Fourth Ward candidates get election ready

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Candidates for the 4th Ward Alderman have a little over 50 days to get 473 signatures from the approximately 33,177 registered voters in the ward The first candidate forum was held on Sept. 22, and residents had the chance to meet some of the candidates for the first time, although(…)

Kenwood Brotherhood fundraiser

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer For 12 years, the Kenwood Academy of Brotherhood has been focusing on academic, personal, social and career achievement for male students attending Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. It’s a new school year, and so new students have the opportunity to get involved with the successful program. Dr.(…)

Bret Harte principal to receive fellowship second year in a row

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Bret Harte Elementary School Principal, Shenethe Parks, has been selected to participate in a professional development fellowship program by the Chicago Public Education Fund. Parks is one of 33 principals to be chosen for the program that is designed to support and retain top-performing Chicago Public School (CPS) principals. The(…)

MSI seeks to inspire future generations with Above and Beyond exhibit

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) is commemorating a century of flight and aerospace exploration with a new exhibit that explores the past, present and future of space technology and air travel. This year, Boeing is celebrating 100 years of innovation with the 5,000 square foot exhibit, which opened(…)

Art fair committee seeks volunteers

The 57th Street Art Fair is seeking volunteers to join the Art Fair organizing committee. This hands-on committee will be hosting an information session on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 1 p.m. and a second session will take place on the same day at 7 p.m. Both sessions will take place at the Hyde Park Neighborhood(…)

Community meeting to discuss Nando’s Peri-Peri liquor license

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) will host a community meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 11, to discuss the possibility of a liquor license for a new restaurant on 53rd Street. Nando’s Peri-Peri is interested in moving in to the storefront at 1447 E. 53rd St., which was once occupied by Clarke’s Diner.(…)

First Thursday event in October

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The First Thursday event for October will take place on Thursday, Oct. 6, at various businesses on 53rd, 55th and 57th streets from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Over 30 businesses will participate with special discounts on goods, services, food and merchandise. Some locations will offer discounts throughout the weekend.(…)

Local organizations launch Community Benefits Agreement campaign

Local organizations launch Community Benefits Agreement campaign

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer The Bronzeville Regional Collaborative (BRC), Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO), Prayer in Action Collective (PAC) and Southside Together Organizing for Power (STOP) met Thursday, Sept. 29, at Experimental Station, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave., to launch the campaign for the Obama Library Center Community Benefits Agreement (CBA). The organizations, which go(…)

Parker’s Pets celebrates nine years in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Parker’s Holistic Pet Market, 1342 E. 55th St., has been in the neighborhood for almost a decade, and on Saturday, Oct. 1, its celebrating nine years in Hyde Park by hosting a party from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Activities include a bake sale from local cat rescue group, Hyde(…)

Chicago Police Department warns community about neighborhood burglaries

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer An alert from The Chicago Police Department, today, warned community members about burglary related incidents that occurred during the month of September. In these incidents, offender(s) entered into apartments and took property from therein. The times and locations of the incidents are as follows: 5300 Block of South Drexel Avenue,(…)

Friends of the Park give lecture on site of Obama Presidential  Center

Friends of the Park give lecture on site of Obama Presidential Center

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Friends of the Park (FOP) co-founder Victoria Post Ranney held a lecture at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., Sept. 29, to discuss the historical context of Jackson Park and Frederick Law Olsted’s vision for the park and to offer other issues to consider as preparations for the(…)

First Thursday event in October

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The First Thursday event for October will take place next Thursday, Oct. 6, at various businesses on 53rd, 55th and 57th streets from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Over 30 businesses will participate with special discounts on goods, services, food and merchandise. The First Thursday events have been going on(…)