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For the record, Canter is not an underperforming school

To the Editor: Through reckless school closings set on a fabricated chaos-creating timetable, Mayor Emanuel and his appointed school board have managed to distract us from one important detail about our neighborhood middle school: Canter is not an underperforming school. On the contrary, Canter has outperformed the CPS district average by nine to 19 percentage(…)

Review: “The Pianist of Willesden Lane”

RECOMMENDED Where: The Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St. When: through May 25 Tickets: $45-$49 Phone: 312-988-9000 Hershey Felder has carved out a niche and gained a loyal local following with his dramatized musical biographies of famous composers ranging from Beethoven to Bernstein. Now he’s taking his passion for music and its power to(…)

Review: “Still Alice”

RECOMMENDED Where: Lookingglass Theatre Company, Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. When: through May 19 Tickets: $36-$70 Phone: 312-337-0665 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic If you think a play about a woman with early onset Alzheimer’s disease is going to be sad and depressing, you’d be right. But Lookingglass Theatre Company’s “Still Alice”(…)

Review: Murky Maria in a tango tangle

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic The general director of Chicago Opera Theater (COT), Andreas Mitisek, isn’t shy about his role in the recent production of “Maria de Buenos Aires.” He’s credited in the program as “conductor, director, concept, video concept and production designer.” You’d think with a single mind behind so many of the(…)

Chaturanga yoga from Egypt

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor A workshop on ancient Egyptian-inspired yoga, entitled “Yoga of the Pharoahs: Candlelight Kemetic Yoga Class,” will be held on the evening of Friday, May 10, from 7:45 to 10 p.m. at Chaturanga Holistic Fitness, 1525 E. 55th St., Suite 302. The free, one-time class on a practice called(…)

Orly’s owner taking it easy

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Big Easy, Hyde Park’s Cajun restaurant, closed its doors so that the owner Dave Shopiro can focus on his catering business. “I am doing mostly catering right now, that’s the trajectory the business has been going in anyway,” Shopiro said. Shopiro said his health problems and the struggles of(…)

Ancona celebrates 50 years in style

Ancona celebrates 50 years in style

By Daschell M. Phillips Staff Writer The Ancona School held its 50th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, May 4, downtown at the Chicago Marriott, 520 N. Michigan Ave. Friends and family of Ancona gathered in their finery to celebrate a school that began from humble beginnings to become one of the most sought-after private schools in(…)

Hyde Park School of Dance gears up for celebration

Hyde Park School of Dance gears up for celebration

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park School of Dance (HPSD) is preparing for its 20th anniversary with “En Avant,” a celebration featuring a variety of dance performances this June. In anticipation of the event, HPSD Founding Artistic Director August Tye reflects over the past 20 years and looks forward to many more. “En(…)

Fifth Ward chooses menu projects

Fifth Ward chooses menu projects

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Approximately 100 Fifth Ward residents chose to spend Ald. Leslie Hairston’s (5th) menu money on a community garden and improved street lighting. Kim Webb, Hairston’s chief of staff, said an urban garden at 2301 E. 71st St., received the most votes, 78. The garden would be a self-sustaining place for(…)

Ancona’s Zeus Preckwinkle to retire

Ancona’s Zeus Preckwinkle to retire

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Zeus Preckwinkle, 7th and 8th grade math and science teacher at the Ancona School, will retire at the end of the school year. “I bumped into one of my former students I taught when I worked at Harvard [Elementary School], who is now 47,” Preckwinkle said. “After I talked(…)

U. of C. urged to shed fossil fuels

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer University of Chicago students overwhelmingly voted to encourage the school to remove its investments in companies that profit from fossil fuels and move those investments to greener companies. Last week, 2,183 students at the university voted on the student government election ballot in favor of the referendum while 714 voted(…)

Nile Moving

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park restaurant The Nile is leaving its location after 22 years and moving further west. General manager Rashad Moughrabi said the new location, 1162 E. 55th St., will have seating for approximately 20 more people inside the restaurant and another 24 on the back patio. “It’s really cool. The(…)

New Smart exhibit, gallery talk

A new exhibit featuring the artwork of Franco-Russian painter Serge Charchoune will open Tuesday, May 7 at the Smart Museum, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave. The exhibit, entitled “Other Modernisms: Serge Charchoune (1889-1975),” features around 20 pieces spanning the 1920s through the 1970s, according to the exhibit’s webpage. A gallery talk with curators David Schutter, a(…)

TIF committee to review McMobil plans

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The 53rd Street TIF Advisory Council subcommittee on planning and development will hold a public meeting on May 7 for the proposed development at the McMobil site. The development would entail a 13-story building, with 30,000 square feet of retail, 218 parking spaces, 120 bicycle storage spaces and 267 apartments.(…)

Civil rights icon Angela Davis coming to HP

Civil rights movement figure Angela Davis will present the Center for Race, Politics and Culture’s (CSRPC) Annual Public Lecture from 7:30-9 p.m. on Friday, May 3, at Rockefeller Chapel, 5850. S. Woodlawn Ave. The lecture by Davis, a distinguished professor emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz, is entitled, “Feminism and Abolition: Theories and(…)

Chamber First Thursday at the Claret Center

Chamber First Thursday at the Claret Center

The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce is holding this month’s First Thursday networking event at healing group the Claret Center, 5536 S. Everett Ave., at 5:30 p.m. The May 2 event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 773-288-0124.

McMobil height meant to set precedent

To the Editor: McMobil appears to be a stalking horse for the University of Chicago’s plan to begin turning Hyde Park into a community of high-rises. I was sent a link to a brochure which the U. of C. has produced. If you look at the building’s picture in this brochure, you can see that(…)

Smaller building possible at McMobil

To the Editor: Proponents of the proposed 155-foot, 14-story high-rise on the McMobil site (they describe it as 140 feet and 13 stories, omitting the so-called “penthouse” on the top floor) claim that it would not be economically feasible to build a smaller building that would fit in with the one- to three-story buildings in(…)

Put the McMobil building on the outskirts of Hyde Park

To the Editor: I am writing to inform that I am NOT IN SUPPORT of the proposed McMobil plan to build a 267 apartment complex/14 story high-rise on East 53rd Street across from Nichols Park. I understand that this property is owned by University of Chicago. I am really disappointed that U. of C. would(…)

Is the McMobil plan needed in Hyde Park?

To the Editor: Before going on any further in the McMobil plan, Hyde Park residents need to consider the following: Is there a demonstrated need for the McMobil Plan? Judging from the many Letters to the Editor published in the Hyde Park Herald, the expressed opposition of many community residents at the March 18 meeting(…)