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SOBs shine through Baroque Band

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Baroque Band has been pleasing Chicago and particularly Hyde Park audiences since 2007. Founded by British violinist Garry Clarke, it has established itself as a fixture on the Chicago music scene. Such is its strength that it has continued without a glitch this season even with Clarke on a(…)

Review: “The Way West”

RECOMMENDED Where: Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. When: through June 8 Tickets: $20-$78 Phone: 312-335-1650 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic   To some extent, we each create the myth of our life that helps us make it through the day, and we assume that this is a relatively healthy — or(…)

Review: “Russian Transport”

RECOMMENDED Where: Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Upstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. When: through June 8 Tickets: $20-$78 Phone: 312-335-1650 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s theme for the season is “Getting Ahead: How Far Will You Go?” Keep this in mind while you’re watching Erika Sheffer’s “Russian Transport,” and you’ll have less trouble(…)

Felix Mendelssohn at First Unitarian Church this Sunday

The Adult Choir at First Unitarian Church of Chicago, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., will perform Felix Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” at 10 a.m., Sunday, May 4. Soloists include Michael Swisher, Carolyn Brady Riley, Joan Staples and Barbara Randolph. Amanda Thomas will direct.

Educator Sue Duncan’s lifelong passion as seen through the lens

Educator Sue Duncan’s lifelong passion as seen through the lens

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer A sneak preview of “Remember Me Sue,” a documentary about the life-changing work of educator Sue Duncan, was shown Thursday evening at the ShowPlace ICON Theater in the South Loop. Duncan, her family and many of her past and present pupils were in attendance to celebrate the film and(…)

University of Chicago hires new deans for college and Graham School

University of Chicago hires new deans for college and Graham School

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago appointed two new deans last week. John “Jay” Ellison will replace Susan Art as dean of the College. Mark Nemec will succeed Dan Shannon as dean of the Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies. Ellison has previously worked as an administrator at Harvard. Art(…)

Study affirms value of CPS On-Track program

Study affirms value of CPS On-Track program

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Derrius Quarles known nationally as “The Million Dollar Scholar” and a multitude of seniors who received Millennium Gates Scholarships over the past five years always attribute a large part of their success to the counselors from Kenwood Academy High School’s Freshman On-Track Program. According to a new study released(…)

The vicissitudes of modern living

To the Editor: We write regarding our sense of frustration with the ATT/Dex “neighborhood” telephone directory for the Hyde Park and Bronzeville communities. In previous years, it was a convenient and vital resource for subscribers to use for finding local residential telephone numbers and addresses. Like a small town directory, it gave us the advantage(…)

Permit parking will only lead to trouble

To the Editor: The petition for permit parking on S. South Shore Drive between 54th and 55th streets is disappointing news to those of us who have been parking on that street for decades now. We who live on South Hyde Park Boulevard, East 54th Street and Cornell Avenue rely on those spots for our(…)

Cleanslate, the stewards of 53rd Street, returning to Hyde Park this spring

Cleanslate, the stewards of 53rd Street, returning to Hyde Park this spring

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Cleanslate, the street beautification company that removed litter and snow from 53rd Street until funding dried up in 2011, will return this spring. The 53rd Street Tax Increment Financing District employed Cleanslate to remove litter, clean sidewalks and remove snow from the district from 2009 through 2011. The district’s relationship(…)

Locals protest shrinking CPS cash for arts, physical ed

Locals protest shrinking CPS cash for arts, physical ed

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Nicole Losurdo, arts education coordinator of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Department of Arts Education, discussed the CPS Arts plan and part of the physical education (PE) plan last Wednesday at the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council meeting. CPS has created plans to meet the state and city requirements(…)

Murray Elementary winning CPS Battle of the Books

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Murray Elementary School’s 4th through 8th grade students won their divisional matches in the CPS Battle of the Books competition. The 4th to 6th team earned enough points to advance to the Battle of the Books City Championship, where they will compete against the other top 14 schools across(…)

Kenwood Academy students heading to Springfield for statewide history competition

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Several Kenwood Academy High School students are headed to Springfield to compete in the statewide history fair competition. On April 5, 7th and 8th grade students from Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., competed in the Chicago Metro Junior History Fair at DePaul University. Seventh graders Keith Calloway, who presented(…)

Part Six: Thinking across generations

By SUSAN O’CONNOR DAVIS When speaking about Chicago, Hyde Park resident Saul Bellow noted that this city “builds itself up, knocks itself down again, scrapes away the rubble and starts over.” In contrast to European cities that were destroyed in war and painstakingly restored, this city does not restore; “it makes something wildly different.” A(…)

February student death linked to alcohol

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A University of Chicago student who was found in his dorm room in February died as a result of alcohol poisoning, the Cook County Medical Examiner said. An autopsy ruled that his death was accidental. Nicholas Barnes, a third-year Germanic studies student, was discovered on Feb. 15. The key card(…)

Marsha’s Music celebrating spring this Saturday

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Marsha’s Music is inviting the community to a family celebration of spring this weekend at Joan’s Studio, 1438 E. 57th St. The event, dubbed the Earth Day Spring Fam Jam, will feature music, song, dance and crafts beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 26. Participants will sing tunes such(…)

Music Teachers of Hyde Park’s annual Concerto Day this Sunday

Music Teachers of Hyde Park’s annual Concerto Day this Sunday

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Music Teachers of Hyde Park will be hosting its 11th annual Concerto Day from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. this Sunday, April 27, at the Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn. Founded in 2004 by Hyde Park piano teacher Elaine Smith and Daniel Golden, principal violinist for the(…)

Praise for help from the U. of C.

To the Editor: I have run a small business in Hyde Park for the past five years, the Hyde Park Print Shop. I am thankful for this opportunity to live my dream. Recently, though, I had to close up business on 53rd Street not merely due to the change in ownership of the property I(…)

Headline distorts truth at Augustana

To the Editor: Augustana Lutheran Church told the Hyde Park Suzuki Institute on Jan. 18 that they would have to leave by Aug. 16. That is six months’ notice. Hardly an “abrupt eviction.” The sub-headline, “After abrupt eviction from Augustana, small musicians seek home,” on the front page of your paper, mis-characterizes the decision made(…)

Join Jackson Park cleanup for the Earth

To the Editor: Saturday, April 26, the Jackson Park Advisory Council is participating in the 25th annual Earth Day park clean up sponsored by Friends of the Park. JPAC invites all neighbors to join them at 9 a.m. at either the 57th Street Beach or  the 63rd Street Beach to clean up the plastic bags,  cans, bottles and debris(…)