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Review: “A Cole Porter Songbook”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Theo Ubique, No Exit Café, 6970 N. Glenwood Ave. When: through September 1st Tickets: $29-$59 (some prices include dinner) Phone: 800-595-4849 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Theo Ubique has carved out a niche with cabaret-style revues exploring the repertoire of individual songwriters for the theater ranging from Harold Arlen to Kurt Weill,(…)

Review: “Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story”

SLIGHTLY RECOMMENDED Where: Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St. When: through June 30 Tickets: $22-$85 Phone: 800-775-2000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic I’ve seen the 1989 juke box musical “Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story” several times, each time anticipating a lively nostalgia-filled evening showcasing many of the ground-breaking rock ’n’ roller’s terrific songs.(…)

Point off limits for private event this weekend

Point off limits for private event this weekend

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Somebody’s getting hitched; just who wedding bells will be ringing for is the secret. Workers began erecting a large tent in the center of Promontory Point Monday. The tent, which is longer than a football field, will be fully cleaned up by Tuesday July 2. Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) said(…)

Review: “Inner Voices”

Review: “Inner Voices”

RECOMMENDED Where: World’s Stage Series at Chicago Shakespeare Theater Courtyard Theater, Navy Pier When: through June 29 Tickets: $50-$70 Phone: 312-595-5600 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Chicago Shakespeare Theater is celebrating the year of Italian culture in America by teaming up with the Italian Ministry of Cultural Affairs and the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago(…)

Thanks to supporters of school of dance

To the Editor: On behalf of Hyde Park School of Dance, I want to thank all of the neighborhood families, friends and community partners who helped make En Avant, HPSD’s 20th Anniversary celebration, a major success. More than 900 people filled the audience for our two performances on June 14 and June 15 in the(…)

Still supporting U. of C. — but with caveat

To the Editor: Several weeks ago in these pages I voiced support for the University of Chicago and Mesa Development’s proposal for construction on the so-called 53rd St. McMobil site. While I still believe that that apartment building will be a net asset to the neighborhood, I also wish to join my neighbors in adopting(…)

Hyde Park, stand behind Kenwood

To the Editor: As the chair of the Kenwood Academy local school council, I had the privilege of congratulating and shaking the hands of every graduate that crossed the stage at the school’s recent commencement ceremony. As I looked into their eyes, listened to the cheers of their family members and watched them hug their teachers(…)

Drop-In program continued

A popular program launched by the Chicago Hyde Park Village and University of Chicago students will continue this summer after its three-week pilot, organizers say. The Drop-In program, which ran for three weeks during the spring on Fridays at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave., will continue as a bi-weekly program beginning July 10.(…)