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Review “Priscilla Queen of the Desert”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway When: through March 30 Tickets: $28-$85 Phone: 800-775-2000 Everybody loves a show about drag queens that reaffirms family values. It makes them feel safe and promises a sequined spectacle replete with double entendres and sarcasm. “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” delivers. Based on the 1994 film,(…)

McMobil project will make life difficult

To the Editor: This letter is regarding the development of the property at 1338 E. 53rd St., Chicago. As a nearby resident, it is my opinion that a building of this size and at this location will cause a major increase in area congestion and make street parking extremely difficult. Fifty-third Street is not an(…)

Local housing group supports McMobil

To the Editor: The Coalition for Equitable Community Development is an association of Hyde Park & Kenwood residents, businesses, religious communities and civic organizations who are concerned about the loss of affordable housing in our community. The University has shared its plans for the development of the partly-vacant site on 53rd Street commonly called the(…)

Locals are united against McMobil

To the Editor: The March 18 meeting at Augustana Church, of well over a hundred people, yielded a lively and thoughtful discussion about the proposed development at the McMobil site. The concerns about this development were specific and well argued. Many of the comments embraced the idea of development, but wanted one consistent with the(…)

McMobil project will leave us lost in the dark

To the Editor: I’m a new “McMobil” activist but a long-term near neighbor/homeowner (5305 S. Greenwood Ave. since 1973) with a long historical memory and also experience behind the scenes here in Hyde Park and with the city in land-use proposals (back to 1989 aborted efforts to appease marginalized locals in building a new Bears(…)

McHugh excited to join McMobil development

To the Editor: James McHugh Construction Co. has proudly called the South Side of Chicago home for more than 100 years. As a general contractor, we have had the good fortune to work in Hyde Park on the Harper Court development that will be completed later this summer. We also have been selected by Mesa(…)

Hyde Park opens doors to zine scene

Hyde Park opens doors to zine scene

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor “Agency.” “Imperfections.” “Glue sticks.” “Honoring creative and intellectual autonomy.” These are just a few of the ways visitors at this year’s Chicago Zine Fest described “zines,” or self-published magazines, to Sarah Wenzel, bibliographer for literatures of Europe and the Americas at Regenstein Library, 1100 E. 57th St. Wenzel(…)

Murray basketball big winners

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Murray Elementary School 7th and 8th grade boys’ basketball team won the 2013 Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Elementary School City Championship. The team’s coach also won the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) Coach of the Year Award. The Murray Wildcats beat Mason Elementary School 33 to 30. Before(…)

MSI animals exhibit launched

MSI animals exhibit launched

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Squids use jet propulsion to move at high speeds. Sheep can only move their tails horizontally, but goats have an extra bone that allows them to move their tails vertically. Ninety-seven percent of the animals in the world are invertebrates. Those are all facts visitors learn before even getting to(…)

Byrd-Bennett: Canter to Close

Byrd-Bennett: Canter to Close

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Canter Middle School is one of 54 schools on the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) closing list, according to Hyde Park local school council members who were briefed this afternoon. Kozminski and Reavis elementary schools have been removed from the list. CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett has said that the schools(…)

University seeks to reverse alcohol ban

University seeks to reverse alcohol ban

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The precinct where upscale Japanese restaurant Yusho intends to open this summer hasn’t allowed for the sale of alcohol in over 20 years, but that may change by the end of the week. University of Chicago spokesman Calmetta Coleman said 57 signatures were collected on a petition to reverse a(…)

Easter egg hunt on 55th Street

The Hyde Park Vineyard Church will celebrate Easter this year with an Easter Egg hunt. The church, which offers services at The Lutheran School of Theology, 1100 E. 55th St., will hold the event — “Easter Eggstravaganza” — at the Lutheran School’s cafeteria and courtyard. Past Easter egg hunts by the church have drawn as(…)

Players latest show coming in April

The Hyde Park Community Players’ spring production of playwright Neil Simon’s “The Good Doctor” be performed from Friday, April 12 through Sunday, April 14 at the Experimental Station, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave. Directed by Bill Hohnke, the comedy’s four performances include two evening shows at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday as well as two(…)

Website seeks to inform on school closings

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Parent group Illinois Raise Your Hand has joined Apples to Apples and the Open Data Institute to launch schoolcuts.org, a website with information about school closings and other information geared toward parents whose children attend Chicago Public Schools (CPS). The site lists the 129 schools that fit within CPS’s(…)

Antheus seeks funding

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer City Hyde Park is one step closer to having its financial ducks in a row so construction can start. The Jeanne Gang designed building was initially scheduled to begin construction in the fall of 2013 but financial hurdles delayed the project. On Friday the City of Chicago Committee on Finance(…)

DuSable explores water issues

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer DuSable Museum of African American History will host a panel discussion titled “Watered Down” to discuss issues surrounding the global water crisis. The discussion, which will take place at DuSable, 740 East 56th Pl., from 6:29 p.m. to 8:29 p.m. on Friday, March 22, is in conjunction with the(…)