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Review: Keep on smiling

Where: 773 Theatre, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. When: through July 14 Contact: chicagofolksoperetta.org By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Chicago Folks Operetta has launched their 2013 season with the first Chicago production in some 25 years of Franz Lehár’s “The Land of Smiles” (“Das Land des Lächelns”). While Lehár is renowned for “The Merry Widow,”(…)

Review: Tartuffe

RECOMMENDED Where: Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. When: through July 21 Tickets: $45-$65 Phone: 773-753-4472 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic At its best, Court Theatre’s “Tartuffe,” part of a two-play Molière festival that started with “The Misanthrope,” effectively pairs the wit of Richard Wilbur’s translation with canny physical comedy to illuminate the double-pronged satire(…)

Officer hit, dragged along LSD Saturday

A police officer was dragged down the street in Hyde Park after being hit by an SUV Saturday night. Christopher Hartzol, 26, of the 8700 block of South Ridgeland Avenue, was charged with two counts of battery to a police officer after he fled the scene. The officer was struck around 10:45 p.m. near the(…)

Everyday life in ancient times on display

The Oriental Institute’s photo exhibit titled “Our Work: Modern Jobs – Ancient Origins” features Hyde Park residents. The exhibition explores how cultural achievements of the ancient Middle East contributed to much of modern life. It includes artifacts that document the origins or development of professions such as baker, farmer, manicurist, brewer, writer, clock maker or(…)

Burglars strike homes

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park homeowners have been the victims of burglaries in recent weeks. In the handful of reported burglaries, the home was broken into during the day, when people are less likely to be home, and items removed. Two burglaries occurred on June 27, during daytime hours, on the 5200 block(…)

Films to show Black history

Southside Projections, a nonprofit organization, is presenting a series of film screenings throughout Chicago’s South Side. Four of the organization’s screenings will take place at the University of Chicago’s Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., in conjunction with the “AfriCOBRA: Philosophy” exhibition at the Logan Center: “Medium Cool” (Haskell Wexler, 1969, 101(…)

Lab begins keeping bees

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Laboratory School science department recently brought a honey beehive to campus. The school will use the beehive for observation and academic purposes. After kicking around the idea of bringing beehives to the The University of Chicago Laboratory School (Lab School), 1362 E. 59th St., Lab(…)

MSI uses lot work to go green

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Construction on the Museum of Science and Industry’s southwest parking lot began on Monday, July 8. The lot, which is where many school buses drop children off for museum visits, will receive upgrades that will improve safety and sustainability. The Chicago Department of Transportation, the Chicago Park District and(…)

HP Village providing summer social space

Starting July 10, the Hyde Park Village will begin hosting bi-weekly drop-in sessions from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Social Hall at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave., through August. Participants are invited to drop-in at their convenience and stay as long as they like. There is a $5 suggested donation. Activities(…)

Smart features American art

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor The Smart Museum is hosting an exhibit of American art, “The Land Beneath Our Feet,” through Aug. 25. The show, located at 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., will feature around 80 works by 34 artists — including photographer Walker Evans and painter James Abbott McNeill Whistler — spanning the(…)

Choice key to aging well

By ANDREW HOLZMAN I am an 18-year-old rising sophomore at the University of Chicago, and this is the first in my summer series of columns on aging and retirement in Hyde Park. This summer, I am working for two organizations devoted to seniors, as well as continuing my work writing at the Hyde Park Herald.(…)

McMobil threatens our village

To the Editor: Some time ago, upon meeting a young New Yorker, he asked why I had not been to New York in decades. In response to my comment that I don’t like to visit large cities, he then asked me why I live in Chicago, a large city. I told him that I live(…)

Review: “The Liar”

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Where: Writers Theatre, Tudor Court Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe When: through July 28 Tickets: $35-$70 Phone: 847-242-6000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic The production of Pierre Corneille’s “The Liar” at Writers’ Theatre contains the funniest scene I’ve seen this season. It’s a duel between Dorante, the ingratiating pathological liar of the title,(…)

Review: “Yellow Moon”

RECOMMENDED Where: Writers Theatre, Books on Vernon, 664 Vernon Ave., Glencoe When: through Aug 4 Tickets: $35-$60 Phone: 847-242-6000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic David Greig’s “Yellow Moon” offers all the pleasures of a good story told well. And the Writers’ Theatre production, deftly tucked into the postage-stamp of a theater at the back of(…)

HP Fourth of July parade is this Thursday

“An Old-Fashioned Fourth of July,” the annual Hyde Park parade tradition in which “everybody marches, nobody watches,” is this Thursday, July 4, Independence Day. The parade marchers gather at 10:30 a.m. at the Hyde Park Bank Building, 1525 E. 53rd St., and end in Nichols Park, where there will be entertainment for all.

Shakespeare coming to Nichols Park

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern Hyde Parkers can pack their picnic blankets and lawn chairs up for the Shakespeare classic, “A Comedy of Errors.” Spectralia theater will bring its production of the play to the area outside the field house at Nichols Park, 1355 E. 53rd St., on Sunday, July 7. The theater’s program, “Bard(…)

Sketchbook project coming to Hyde Park

The Sketchbook Project mobile library will be making its way to the Hyde Park Arts Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. for a two-day exhibition July 13 and June 14, from noon to 5 p.m. The project will display 4,500 globally crowd-sourced, handmade books. Their mission, to “allow anyone to be able to participate in art,”(…)

Kenwood students excelling

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Graduates of Kenwood Academy High School obtained $13 million in scholarships making it the second most successful high school in the city in gaining scholarships. With the assistance of Post Secondary Coach Lindsay Hunter, 46 percent of the students that graduated this year from Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave.,(…)

Locals watching meters

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Businesses along the 53rd Street business corridor aren’t too worried that free parking meters on Sunday will harm their businesses, but they aren’t ready to say it won’t either. Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently renegotiated the City of Chicago’s contract with Chicago Parking Meters LLC, the private company that owns the(…)

New leaders named for UCMC, U. of C.

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Both the University of Chicago Medical Center and the University of Chicago boards of trustees announced new members last week. Emily Nicklin was named chair of the Medical Center’s Board of Trustees. Nicklin works as a corporate litigator at Kirkland and Ellis LLP and has been a trustee at the(…)