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Mälkki and Midori at Ravinia

M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Last month, Susanna Mälkki made her Ravinia debut conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She’s become one of the female conductors to watch since she left her position as principal cellist of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra to study conducting at the Sibelius Academy. She’s begun to make a name for herself(…)

Harper Court sale is progress

By Derek R.B. Douglas On July 29, the University of Chicago announced that it had sold Harper Court. That news marks another milestone in the community partnership that sparked redevelopment efforts more than seven years ago, a partnership that has been enormously rewarding and successful. The City of Chicago, local community leaders and the university(…)

Burns has made no effort for Dyett

To the Editor: Recently Ald. Will Burns (4th) convened Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools Chief Barbara Byrd Bennett to promote his plan to turn over Canter’s school building to Kenwood Academy to house their 7th and 8th grade academic center. Members of the Committee to Revitalize Dyett have requested such a meeting for(…)

Local author publishes plays

Local author publishes plays

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Parker Charlotte Sere recently published “The Stakes: Three Plays of the Black Experience to Heal, to Train, to Entertain.” The first of the three plays, Sere said, centers on Victoria, “an idealistic African American social worker [who is] the target of workplace racism, sexual harassment and political machinations.” The(…)

Locals make TV show in Hyde Park

Locals make TV show in Hyde Park

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park residents and husband and wife Irami and Bonnie Osei-Frimpong, founders of Another Chance Productions, are using several locations in Hyde Park to film their first pilot “Disciples.” “Disciples,” which is a political drama set in a Midwestern Protestant church, and centers around Michelle Lee, a young pastor struggling to find(…)

Review: “Othello”

RECOMMENDED Where: The Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee Ave. When: through August 24 Tickets: $20-$35 Phone: 773-285-7071 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Othello” at The Gift Theatre represents a few firsts: the first time the 13-year-old company has presented a play by Shakespeare, the first time director Jonathan Berry has tackled the Bard, and my(…)

Disney is staying on a bit

The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) is extending its Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives exhibit.  The exhibit will remain on display through Jan. 4. From Mickey Mouse to Captain Jack Sparrow, the exhibition features more than 300 artifacts from nine decades of Disney’s rich history—including props; costumes; memorabilia; and artwork from classic Disney(…)

New fellows at Institute of Politics

The University of Chicago Institute of Politics has announced its roster of fall 2014 fellows. The group’s five members will host public seminars during the U. of C.’s fall quarter at the institute, 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave. They are: Eliseo Medina, former Secretary-Treasurer for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU); Megan McArdle, a columnist for(…)