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Review: “Matilda the  Musical”

Review: “Matilda the Musical”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St. When: through April 10 Tickets: $24-$123 Phone: 800-775-2000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic You don’t have to be a preteen, an indulgent parent or a diehard fan of Roald Dahl’s 1988 novel (Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) to enjoy “Matilda the Musical” at the Oriental(…)

Review: “Blood Wedding”

Review: “Blood Wedding”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Lookingglass Theatre Company, Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. When: through April 24 Tickets: $40-$75 Phone: 312-337-0665 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Lust, longing, and revenge drive Federico Garcia Lorca’s 1933 “Blood Wedding,” yet Lookingglass Theatre Company’s production of this powerful, poetic play is surprisingly flat. Daniel Ostling has designed(…)

U. of C. Lab School finds new high school principal

U. of C. Lab School finds new high school principal

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer After an extensive search that began at the end of the 2014-2015 school year, the University of Chicago Laboratory High School (U-High) finally appointed Stephanie Weber as the new principal for the high school. U-High, 1362 E. 59th St., conducted the search alongside the national recruitment firm, Carney, Sandoe &(…)

Nichols Park, a safe haven for basketball players

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer With over 13 years of coaching experience in the game of basketball, coach Mike Hill, an employee of Nichols Park Community Center, 1355 E. 53rd St., has impacted so many lives throughout his career in the Amateur Athletics Union (AAU) circuit. But in spite of his influence, Hill believes that(…)

KAM Isaiah Israel talks race

KAM Isaiah Israel talks race

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The congregation of KAM Isaiah Israel, 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd., will host a two-day event on institutional racism and community solutions this weekend, April 8-9. Hyde Park journalist Jamie Kalven and University of Chicago professor Craig Futterman, who were both instrumental in the reporting surrounding the Laquan McDonald case,(…)

Support across the neighborhood for CTU strike

Support across the neighborhood for CTU strike

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Chicago teachers stayed out of their classrooms and took to the streets on April 1 protesting as part of a citywide “Day of Action”. The Chicago Teacher’s Union (CTU) began protesting outside of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) at 6:30 a.m. on Friday with organized protests and events that lasted throughout(…)

Natalie Moore discusses segregation at U. of C. book chat

Natalie Moore discusses segregation at U. of C. book chat

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer WBEZ reporter Natalie Moore stopped by the University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) International House, 1414 E. 59th St., on Thursday, March 31, to discuss her new book, “The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation.” Rick Perlstein, a U. of C. graduate and author of “Invisible Bridge:(…)

Non-profit campaigns against junk food marketing in  schools

Non-profit campaigns against junk food marketing in schools

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A non-profit grassroots organization is getting community members and schools of Hyde Park to stop the junk food propaganda in Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Corporate Accountability International (CAI) launched the Value [the] Meal Campaign in Chicago at the beginning of this year. The goal of the campaign is to stop(…)

Obama to discuss Supreme Court nominee at U. of C.

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer President Barack Obama will make an appearance in Hyde Park this week to discuss his Supreme Court justice nomination with University of Chicago (U. of C.) law students. Obama recently selected federal appellate judge Merrick Garland as his choice to fill the vacant Supreme Court seat left by Antonin Scalia,(…)

Chicago Center celebrates leaders

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Chicago Center for Urban Life and Culture will be celebrating its past and its future at an event at Valois Restaurant on Friday, April 15. The event will highlight the transition of the new Executive Director of the Chicago Center, Emily Nelson Newman, who took over from the previous(…)

Hyde Park developments come at a cost to neighborhood commuters

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Hyde Park is in the throes of a development boom that will inevitably alter the nature of the neighborhood. While some have pointed to the economic growth as an opportunity to fashion Hyde Park into an attractive destination, many residents are wary of the consequences that developments will have on(…)

Tour highlights architecture of Hyde Park schools

Tour highlights architecture of Hyde Park schools

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Four Hyde Park schools were featured in Chicago Architecture Foundation’s “Schools by Bus” tour on Saturday morning. The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) took a look at the historical and modern architecture at Ray Elementary School, 5361 S. Kimbark Ave.; St. Thomas the Apostle School, 5467 S. Woodlawn Ave.; Hyde Park(…)

LSC elections on the horizon school forums begin

LSC elections on the horizon school forums begin

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Local School Council (LSC) elections happen next week, and area schools have begun to host their open forums to introduce the interested candidates. Ray Elementary School, 5361 S. Kimbark Ave., held their forum March 31. A total of five parents, two community members and four Ray staff members are running(…)

Two teenagers in custody after string of robberies

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer University of Chicago (U. of C.) Police, in tandem with Chicago Police, arrested two teenage boys, Monday, April 4, just minutes after the two suspects committed an armed robbery in the 6100 block of S. Greenwood Ave. at 10:20 p.m. The suspects were charged with robbery by handgun and are(…)

Collaborative art commissions through the Hyde Park Art Center

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC) is expanding its diverse artwork into people’s homes through a collaborative and ongoing art commission project. The “Not Just Another Pretty Face” project commissions artwork from HPAC artists to organizations or those who are interested in unique and personalized artwork for their home. What(…)

Hyde Park Taco Station opens

Hyde Park Taco Station opens

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The long-awaited Hyde Park Taco Station, 5300 S. Dorchester Ave., will have a soft opening later today and will have an official opening later this week. Owner Edgar Vasquez said he is shooting for Thursday, April 7 or Friday, April 8 for the taco joint’s doors to officially open. The restaurant(…)