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Review: “Henry VIII”

RECOMMENDED Where: Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Courtyard Theater, Navy Pier When: through June 16 Tickets: $58-$78 Phone: 312-595-5600 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Seeing “Henry VIII” at Chicago Shakespeare Theater may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. According to the press release, this is the first professional Chicago production in the 400 years since the play made its(…)

Review: A river runs through it

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic June 14, 1933, was a barrier-breaking day: the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, led by Frederick Stock, premiered Symphony in E Minor by Florence Price. It was the first time a substantial work by a Black woman was performed by a major symphony orchestra. Price’s music was, sadly, never performed again(…)

Review: “Speech & Debate”

RECOMMENDED Where: Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Courtyard Theater, Navy Pier When: through June 16 Tickets: $58-$78 Phone: 312-595-5600 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic I didn’t see American Theater Company’s Chicago premiere of Stephen Karam’s “Speech & Debate” in 2008, newly appointed artistic director P. J. Paparelli’s first production for the ensemble, but there seems to be(…)

Blackstone joins summer program

Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., will be holding a series of events for and registering participants in Chicago Public Libraries’ (CPL) annual Summer Learning Challenge program, June 17 through Aug. 10. This year’s program, “Rahm’s Readers: Full STEAM Ahead,” will focus on science, technology, engineering, art and math, as its acronym suggests. Every(…)

SECC brings Cleanslate to 57th Street

The South East Chicago Commission has contracted with the popular employment readiness and beautification group Cleanslate to clean several South Side streets, including 57th Street, as well as installing planters and banners. “These improvements are the first phase of a larger plan designed to bring new consumers and new residents to South Side neighborhoods,” said Wendy(…)

This Old (Hyde Park) House returns Sun.

The Hyde Park Historical Society’s series on home repair for historic houses continues on Sunday, June 16, with a roofing lecture. To be held at Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave., the event begins at 2 p.m. and will include discussion of slate, flat, tile and shingled roofs. Visit hydeparkhistory.org to learn more.

Kwame Raoul is recognized for health work

State Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-13) has been named Humanitarian of the Year by Jackson Park Hospital, just south of Hyde Park on Stony Island Avenue. Raoul said he was “humbled to receive this award” in a statement in which he also described Jackson Park as a safety net hospital, which provides needed services to low-income residents,(…)

Vue53 passes out of City Council

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The proposal to build Vue53 passed Chicago City Council last Wednesday, clearing the way for the project to begin. The ordinance passed with a vote of 49 to 0. Ald. Ed Burke (14th) recused himself. The zoning change allows Mesa Development to build the proposed 154-foot-tall building at 1330 E.(…)