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Gun violence talk draws big names to U. of C.

Gun violence talk draws big names to U. of C.

A high-profile discussion on firearms, “The Politics of Guns in America,” took place Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics, 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave. Institute director Darren R. Riesberg and top Obama strategist David Axelrod spoke briefly at the start of the program and panel members, who included Mayor Rahm Emanuel,(…)

Dedication ceremony for the University of Chicago’s new hospital building

Dedication ceremony for the University of Chicago’s new hospital building

A dedication ceremony for the University of Chicago’s new hospital building, the Center for Care and Discovery, was held Monday. Dignitaries, including many from Hyde Park, attended the discussion of the economic impact of the new facility. State Rep. Barbara Flynn-Currie (D-25) attended, and state Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-13) along with Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th)(…)

Rosa Parks stamp to be unveiled at the DuSable Museum King Day event

Rosa Parks stamp to be unveiled at the DuSable Museum King Day event

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The United States Postal Service will unveil its new Rosa Parks Forever Stamp at the DuSable Museum of African American History during its King Day celebration. The museum, 740 E. 56th Pl., is hosting a full day of events on Jan. 21 during its annual King Day Celebration. The(…)

A NEW YEAR’S GIFT WE MUST GIVE OURSELVES

by Timuel D. Black Our holiday season this year was marred by the terrible event in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty babies and six teachers mowed down by a crazed young man with an assault rifle. Twenty lives erased before they had a chance to begin. Lives which may have held the key to curing disease, to(…)

Review “The Book of Mormon”

RECOMMENDED Where: Bank of America Theatre, 18 W. Monroe St. When: through Sept. 8 Tickets: $45-$115 Phone: 800-775-2000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic I’ve been trying to figure out what has made “The Book of Mormon” such a phenomenal hit. Sure, the multiple-award-winning musical with book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and(…)

Review “Hänsel und Gretel”

Review “Hänsel und Gretel”

Where: Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive When: through Jan. 19 Phone: 312-332-2244 By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Fairy tales are an entertaining way of teaching children lessons, often laced with moral instruction. Lyric Opera is now offering a particularly entertaining version of the famous story of “Hänsel und Gretel” in the form(…)

Gang at AI

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Parkers interested in getting an idea of what City Hyde Park will look like once its completed should head to the Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave. Through Feb. 24, “Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects” will be on display at the Art Institute’s Modern Wing. The exhibit(…)

Steinberg lecture at Blackstone

As part of the Friends of Blackstone Library’s 2012-13 Despres Family Memorial Lecture Series, Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg will speak at Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., next Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. There he will discuss his latest book, “You Were Never in Chicago,” which was published last October and has(…)