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Find a hidden treasure, help a worthwhile cause

A fundraiser that benefits the Avon Foundation for breast cancer research will take place 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 28 at 5221 S. Kenwood Ave. Items range from children’s items to antiques to books and furniture. For more information, call 773-955-9854.

“Stupid F***ing Bird”

“Stupid F***ing Bird”

RECOMMENDED Where: Sideshow Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. When: through Sept. 21 Tickets: $20-$25 Phone: 773-871-3000 ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Adam Posner describes his “Stupid F***ing Bird” as “sort of adapted from ‘The Seagull’ by Anton Chekhov,” but it’s more like he’s totally deconstructed the 1895 play, analyzed(…)

Upcoming Children’s Book Fair sure to send kids dancing

Upcoming Children’s Book Fair sure to send kids dancing

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Children will be center stage at this year’s Children’s Book Fair in Hyde Park. “Dancing with Class” is a school-based program where 20 instructors go to about 50 public schools across the city and teach ballroom, Latin and swing dance to 4th, 5th and 6th graders. The most advanced(…)

Hales Franciscan High School moving forward with new principal and vision

Hales Franciscan High School moving forward with new principal and vision

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Rising out of a year of tumultuous scandal, Hales Franciscan High School is starting its new school year with a new principal who is bringing a new focus and curriculum to the school. Hales, 4930 S. Cottage Gove Ave., after 50 years as the only African American, all-male, Catholic(…)

Alderman Will Burns launches re-election campaign

Alderman Will Burns launches re-election campaign

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Ald. Will Burns (4th) officially launched his re-election campaign Friday at the Chicago Lake Shore Hotel, 4900 S. Lake Shore Dr. Cook County Board President — and former 4th Ward Alderman — Toni Preckwinkle gave Burns her endorsement, saying “as senior members of the party we have to help those(…)

Ray Elementary introduces 13 candidates for principal in dramatic new approach

Ray Elementary introduces 13 candidates for principal in dramatic new approach

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Keeping with its goal to have a transparent principal selection process, the Ray Elementary School local school council held an unprecedented principal candidate forum Thursday evening. All of the candidates interested in the school were invited to the forum to speak to the Ray community. “We’ve been working since(…)

Army Corps of Engineers reveals details on plan to poison Jackson Park lagoon

Army Corps of Engineers reveals details on plan to poison Jackson Park lagoon

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has revealed new details about its plan to poison the Jackson Park lagoon and replace its entire stock of fish. As part of a $5- to $10-million federally funded, 139-acre restoration project to restore native habitats at Jackson Park, the USACE will kill(…)

South Shore pastor makes bid for 5th Ward alderman

South Shore pastor makes bid for 5th Ward alderman

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The path to becoming Fifth Ward alderman may be an uphill one for first-time candidate Jedidah Brown, but the South Shore resident is eager to plunge into politics after years as a community activist and pastor. Brown is the president of the Young Leaders Alliance, a community service non-profit, and(…)