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Dodging snares, Lyric Stars soars

Dodging snares, Lyric Stars soars

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic It was clear and only just a little cool Saturday night as some 11,000 people settled into one of Chicago’s favorite parks for the annual “Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park” concert. The actual audience was even larger than those who made their way to the lakefront, as(…)

Review: “My Name is Asher Lev”

Review: “My Name is Asher Lev”

RECOMMENDED Where: TimeLine Theatre Company at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. When: through Oct. 18 Tickets: $37-$50 Phone: 773-327-5252 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic TimeLine Theatre Company’s 18th season gets off to an auspicious start with the Chicago premiere of “My Name is Asher Lev,” Aaron Posner’s adaptation of Chaim Potok’s best-selling 1972 novel(…)

Hyde Park Community Players holding auditions, meeting for upcoming productions

The Hyde Park Community Players will hold two events this week at Quaker House, 5615 S. Woodlawn Ave., to prepare for upcoming productions. The Players will hold auditions from 5:30-9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 10, for their November production of Tom Stoppard’s 1993 play “Arcadia.” Audition materials will be provided. Although preparation is not required,(…)

Chicago Child Care Society celebrates remodel

Chicago Child Care Society celebrates remodel

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Chicago Child Care Society is hosting a ribbon cutting to celebrate the remodel of its first floor lobby. The organization will also be opening a satellite location in the Englewood neighborhood in October and celebrating its 165th anniversary in November. The Chicago Child Care Society’s (CCCS), 5467 S.(…)

Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce to host neighborhood dinner crawl

Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce to host neighborhood dinner crawl

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce will host a second Dinner Crawl, giving diners the opportunity to sample food from some 53rd Street businesses. The crawl will take place Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the western end of the 53rd Street business corridor. Tickets are(…)

Thanks for standing up for fish

To the Editor: As someone who has walked nearly daily in Jackson Park for the last 15 years, I am grateful to the Hyde Park Herald for demanding a more careful consideration of the proposed poisoning of fish in the Jackson Park lagoon. The mania for native species has gone too far, and the commitment(…)

It’s not necessary to kill the fish

To the Editor: Why kill all the fish in the Jackson Park Lagoon? Why not stun and relocate? I’ve fished the lagoon ever since I was a small lad. Just catch and release. Why not clean up water and restock? Some of us really enjoy fishing there where we don’t have to travel great distances. I’m(…)

The return of the goldfinches

To the Editor: Actually, the goldfinches have been here all summer. These tiny, puffed-up flecks of sunlight flit amongst local parks, gardens and any place that provides food and other necessities for a productive goldfinch life. In late summer they begin to prepare for the winter. The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) maintains beds of(…)