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Review: “The Table”

Review: “The Table”

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Where: Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Navy Pier When: through Oct. 27 Tickets: $35 Phone: 312-595-5600 ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic The magic of theater is magnificently on display in “The Table,” the World’s Stage Series season opener at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Created by Great Britain’s Blind Summit Theatre, this 70-minute show(…)

Review: “The Old Man and The Old Moon”

RECOMMENDED Where: PinPen Theatre Co. at Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe When: through Nov. 10 Tickets: $35-$70 Phone: 847-242-6000 ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Imaginative storytelling and inventive stagecraft come together in the Midwest premiere of “The Old Man and The Old Moon,” PigPen Theatre Co.’s charmingly homespun play with music at Writers Theatre in(…)

Lab’s new building a danger to birds

To the Editor: The new Laboratory School annex on Stony Island Avenue, celebrated in your Oct. 16 article, sits across the street from one of the most celebrated spots for viewing migratory birds in Chicago, namely Jackson Park and the Wooded Isle, where tens of thousands of warblers, orioles, tanagers, thrushes, thrashers, vireos and other(…)

Kudos to plaintiffs in Vue53 lawsuit

Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to the Herald as a public acknowledgement of the lawsuit filed by Michael Scott and three other Hyde Park residents in response to the Vue53 development, as reported in the Oct. 2 issue of the newspaper. Dear Michael: As president of the Winston Court Condominium Association (WCCA), I(…)

Hyde Park is awash in dinosaurs

To the Editor: I wonder if Dr. Paul Soreno is aware of the remarkable group of dinosaurs that have been active in Hyde Park this past summer and early autumn? All seem to fall under the genus, Chicago Water Management. On Dorchester Avenue, where I live, there has been a large creature with a white(…)

Art of Disney on display at MSI

Art of Disney on display at MSI

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Walt Disney’s father moved to Chicago to help construct the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair and 120 years later the only building that still stands is hosting an exhibit for the man’s most famous son. “Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives” opened at the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI), 5700(…)

No. 20 Young propels Kenwood closer to playoffs

No. 20 Young propels Kenwood closer to playoffs

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer On a cold brisk Saturday afternoon at Ekersall Stadium, high school football fans witnessed one of the greatest individual first half performances in Chicago Public League Football history. Kenwood Academy star runningback, No. 20 Derrick Young, exploded for a Public League record five touchdowns, while compiling 200 all-purpose yards in a(…)

Hyde Park homes on TV once again

Hyde Park homes on TV once again

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Two Hyde Park homes will be featured in an upcoming ABC drama, “Mind Games.” An episode of the series, expected to air next spring, will include shots at two houses located on the 4900 block of Woodlawn Avenue. “What we were looking for was a fairly upscale house,(…)

Players’ new season includes Shakespeare, improv

Players’ new season includes Shakespeare, improv

BY JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor The Hyde Park Community Players will kick off their fifth season with its classic Halloween-time performance this Saturday, Oct. 26. The players will present for the fourth year a radio variety show in which actors perform spooky scripts onstage, “An Evening of Horror and Suspense: In the Old(…)

On corporate giveaways

By STATE REP. BARBARA FLYNN CURRIE (D-25) Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) asks for a state handout to facilitate the company’s decision to stay in Illinois. ADM is a Fortune 100 company with sales last year that reached nearly $90 billion. ADM would like to leave Decatur, its home of 44 years, and move to Chicago,(…)

Push to keep Canter open

Push to keep Canter open

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Kenwood Community Conference Schools Committee is hosting a “Future of Canter Meeting.” The meeting is open to parents and community members who are interested in keeping the middle school open. The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30 at Canter, 4959 S. Blackstone(…)

South Side Pie Challenge redux

South Side Pie Challenge redux

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The second annual South Side Pie Challenge will take place in Hyde Park in November. The program is currently seeking contestants and volunteers. The pie challenge will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Ray Elementary School, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave. Ray Principal(…)

Art at Ray

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Ray Elementary School hired Lori Dana as its new art teacher. The decision to hire the teacher was based partly on a survey issued to the community from the school’s local school council (LSC). Chicago Public Schools (CPS) budget cuts left only room for one arts education teacher and(…)

Community alerts over local robberies

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Chicago Police Department and the University of Chicago Police Department both issued community alerts over the weekend following a string of robberies around Hyde Park. In each of the five reported incidents, groups of three or four men approached victims, displayed a handgun and demanded the contents of the(…)

Review: “Signs of Life”

SLIGHTLY RECOMMENDED Where: Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. When: through Oct. 27 Tickets: $45-$65 Phone: 773-871-3000 A musical about the Nazi ghetto of Theresienstadt (Terezin in Czech) is bound to be a tough sell, and unfortunately “Signs of Life” doesn’t pull it off.  Originally commissioned by Virginia S. Criste, who visited to(…)

Review: “Once”

RECOMMENDED Where: Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St. When: through Oct. 27 Tickets: $27-$95 Phone: 800-775-2000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic I was charmed by the 2007 indie film, “Once,” written and directed by John Carney and starring Glen Hansard as an Irish singer-songwriter “stopped up” by a romance-on-the-rocks and Marketa Irglova as the Czech(…)

Homecoming Kings Kenwood best DuSable in nailbiter

Homecoming Kings Kenwood best DuSable in nailbiter

By Joseph Phillips Sports Reporter After a tough road loss to Englewood-Urban Prep last week at Gately Stadium, the Kenwood Academy Broncos would return to the field on Friday night against the DuSable Panthers with one thing on their mind: “A win,” said Broncos Head Coach Darnell Jones. “We need this one, we need this(…)

New Lab annex opens doors

New Lab annex opens doors

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The nursery through primary school students from the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools are settling into the newly-built Earl Shapiro Hall. The school was built from the ground up with pre-K through 2nd graders in mind. Staff and faculty at the school, which was named after 1956 Lab school(…)

Harper Theater awarded

Harper Theater awarded

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Harper Theater will receive an award from Landmarks Illinois next week for restoring the historic movie house. The theater will receive the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Awards on Oct. 26, along with eight other award recipients. Landmark Illinois presents the awards to “individuals, organization and projects throughout the state(…)

MTHP Artists Series begins

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul ASSISTANT TO THE EDITOR Music Teachers of Hyde Park (MTHP) will kick off its 2013-2014 Artist Series today, at Blackstone Library, 4944 S. Lake Park Ave. This year’s program features seven concerts by nine music instructors performing on piano, clarinet, viola and flute. Performances will take place at 6:30 p.m. every third(…)