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A bad idea rears its ugly head again

To the Editor: Once again, there is yet another move in the City Council to rename our landmark Chicago Cultural Center the “Eleanor Daley Cultural Center.” Such an action, for various reasons, would be inappropriate. Our historic, splendid and beautiful cultural center, formerly the Central Library Building, should continue to honor in its name the(…)

Kenwood’s endangered Frank Lloyd Wright houses

To the Editor: The Blossom and McArthur Houses in Kenwood are important early designs of Frank Lloyd Wright, and their interiors are world-class works of art. The seeds of everything Wright eventually accomplished, from the Robie House to the Guggenheim, are already germinating at the corner of 49th Street and Kenwood Avenue. At 122 years(…)

Distance between bus stops too long

To the Editor: I am a regular bus rider on the 47th Street bus with the last stop being 47th and Lake Park, where I have to catch the No. 6 going south to my job on 53rd and Hyde Park. The problem is the bus stop between 47th and Lake Park and the No.(…)

Hyde Park is coming into its own

To the Editor: There are so many reasons to visit Hyde Park. The excitement on 53rd Street is intoxicating; retail stores, people young and old, fine dining and much more. Who would have thought? In 2001, I opened my law practice in the Hyde Park Bank building; I have seen the ups and downs of(…)

Setting the record straight at the Village

To the Editor: We fear some statements in Daschell Phillips’ article in the Dec. 25 issue of the Hyde Park Herald will give incorrect impressions about our plans for the Chicago Hyde Park Village (CHPV). The Village will not be a senior center or social welfare agency.  However, the absence of such services in our(…)

It’s too late to yearn for B&B project

To the Editor: The articles and letters about the pros and cons of B&Bs in Kenwood are interesting, but isn’t the point moot? I assume that the Tawani Foundation has withdrawn its offers for the two Frank Lloyd Wright houses. For good reasons. There are plenty of interesting historic properties all over Chicago with which(…)

Yusho opening soon, Merges says

Yusho opening soon, Merges says

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer   Chef Matthias Merges said he expects the Hyde Park location of his Avondale Japanese restaurant Yusho to open this summer. On Dec. 17, a lawsuit originally filed in August challenging a University of Chicago-backed petition calling for the sale of alcohol in the area was dismissed. The lawsuit, filed(…)

Review: “Die Fledermaus”

Where: Lyric Opera, 20 N. Wacker Dr. When: through Jan. 18 Phone: 312-332-2244 By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic If you like to greet the new year with champagne and you love opera, you probably know that “Die Fledermaus” contains one of the most joyous musical tributes to champagne ever written. Lyric Opera is now(…)

“The Merry Wives of Windsor”

“The Merry Wives of Windsor”

RECOMMENDED Where: Chicago Shakespeare Theater Courtyard Theater, Navy Pier When: through Jan. 19 Tickets: $48-$78 Phone: 312-595-5600 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic I’ve never really been able to warm up to “The Merry Wives of Windsor.” Legend has it that Shakespeare wrote the play to satisfy Queen Elizabeth I’s desire to see more of Sir(…)

New show opens at Court Theatre

A new play will open tomorrow at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. “Seven Guitars,” is a play written by August Wilson that explores the memory of a murdered fictional blues musician, Floyd “Schoolboy” Barton. The play will be directed by the Court Theatre’s resident artist, Ron O.J. Parson, who also directed Wilson’s “Fences” there(…)

Hyde Park dancers in “The Nightingale”

The Hyde Park School of Dance (HPSD) will present its original production of the Hans Christian Anderson story “The Nightingale” at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 15 and 2 p.m., Sunday, March 16 at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St. “The Nightingale” tells the story of an emperor who(…)

OI offering essay scholarships

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer High schoolers are invited to participate in a essay contest being held by the Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St. Essays are currently being accepted for the My Artifact/My Future contest, in which Chicago area students are asked to discuss the contemporary and future impact of an artifact from the(…)

Robert Reich to speak at film showing

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics (IOP) will screen the new documentary “Inequality for All” at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Logan Center, followed by a question and answer session with narrator Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton. Also a professor at the University(…)

DuSable’s plans for King

DuSable’s plans for King

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The DuSable Museum of African American History will kick off its Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration Jan. 17 with a special performance of the musical “A Dream Deferred or a Dream Come True?” Saxophonist Ernest Dawkins, who will be accompanied by poet Khari B., will perform a “Dream(…)

Lab teacher gets award

Lab teacher gets award

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Paul Horton, a history teacher at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, was one of six recipients of the Upton Sinclair Award for service to the field of education this year. Each year, Education News and the Haberman Educational Foundation give the award to recognize leaders in education who(…)

Local Lutherans rethink King Day

Local Lutherans rethink King Day

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Lutheran School of Theology is changing they way they celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Pero Multicultural Center at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago will host a multicultural-themed worship service and follow it with a luncheon discussion. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan.(…)

Hairston closes budget books

Hairston closes budget books

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Ald. Hairston (5th) has ended her ward’s participatory budgeting (PB) program. According to Hairston — the first South Side alderman to give her constituents a choice to vote on how to spend more than $1 million in annual discretionary funds — the decision to put a halt to the district’s experiment(…)

Conference convenes to consider forming CAC

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Hyde Park – Kenwood Community Council (HP-K CC) Schools Committee is hosting another Community Action Council (CAC) informational meeting on Jan. 8. At the meeting, the community will decide if a CAC should be established in the neighborhood. The CAC meeting will take place from 6 p.m. to(…)

Local friends to history

The Hyde Park Historical Society (HPHS) has announced the 2014 winners of its Paul Cornell, Marian and Leon Despres Preservation and Jean Block Book awards, which will be presented at its annual dinner on Feb. 22 at the Quadrangle Club, 1155 E. 57th St. This year’s Paul Cornell Award winners are: Seth and Kristin Flanders,(…)

Gun laws at the Station

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Experimental Station will present an exhibit addressing the impact of the new Firearm Concealed Carry legislation in Illinois that went into effect on Jan. 1. On July 2, Illinois became the last state in the nation to allow gun owners to carry concealed weapons. The law officially went(…)