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Winter concerts to warm music fans

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic There’s lots of hot music to come during the cold opening months of 2013, including several interesting performances right here in the neighborhood. University of Chicago Presents resumes on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 7:30 p.m., with a Contempo concert featuring the music of University of Chicago composers Anthony Cheung,(…)

Review “The Letters”

RECOMMENDED Where: Writers’ Theatre, Books on Vernon, 664 Vernon Ave., Glencoe When: through March 3 Tickets: $35-$70 Phone: 847-242-6000 Now that Writers’ Theatre is proposing to build a shiny new theater in Glencoe, I think Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and his cohorts deserve a special shout out for their consistently canny programming in the tiny(…)

Local response to gun violence

By STATE SEN. KWAME RAOUL (D-13) In the face of unspeakable tragedies like the massacre of teachers and schoolchildren in Newtown, Connecticut, we all experience a desire to honor the dead, assist the survivors and protect our own children. And when we recall that acts of senseless violence take place every day on the streets(…)

Becker-Friedman institute construction begins at CTS site

Becker-Friedman institute construction begins at CTS site

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Renovations on 5757 S. University Ave. have begun. The University of Chicago is adapting the former Chicago Theological Seminary to the Becker-Friedman Institute for Research in Economics. Work began after the building’s last tenant, the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, moved out of the basement last year. The entrance to the building(…)

K.A.M. seeks input on new garden plans

K.A.M. seeks input on new garden plans

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer K.A.M. Isaiah Israel is asking the public’s input in designing a half-acre sustainable farm at a currently undisclosed location in Hyde Park. At the fourth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Food Justice Weekend, “Schmita: Food Security and Sustainable Design in the Sabbatical Year and Beyond,” attendees will be welcome to(…)

Local music director to lead University Chorus

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Mollie Stone was named the acting assistant conductor of the University of Chicago’s University Chorus. She will be directing the University Chorus Winter Concert, which will take place in March. Stone received her bachelor’s degree from Amherst College in 2001, her master’s degree in conducting from Westminster Choir College(…)

Café 57 owner sells business

Café 57 owner sells business

By LINDAY WELBERS Staff Writer As of last week, Café 57 is under new management and will be getting both a facelift and a name change. Tony Wilkins purchased the coffee shop, 1520 E. 57th St., two years ago. He sold the property in the hopes that new management and ownership could help the shop(…)

Hopefuls filing for Jesse Jackson Jr.’s seat

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Candidates began officially filing for a spot on the ballot to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. as the Second District’s congressman. Seven candidates have filed petitions with the Illinois State Board of Elections. The special election to replace Jackson has been combined with the Feb. 26 primary. Current candidates filing include(…)

CPS seeks one track

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public School (CPS) students who attend schools that follow the Track R standard calendar returned from winter break on Thursday, Jan. 3, to make up for missed days during the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) Strike. CPS student who attend schools that follow the Track E year round calendar(…)

Reagan apts. slated for teardown

Reagan apts. slated for teardown

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago filed for a permit on December 27 to demolish the home where former President Ronald Reagan briefly lived as a child. The building is rated orange under the City of Chicago Historic Resources Survey, meaning it may have some noteworthy history or architectural value to keep(…)

Learning from the unexpected delay of Harper Theater

The city of Chicago put some coal in Harper Theater owner Tony Fox’s stocking this Christmas, and we are all paying for it. Despite what he says were his best efforts to dot the i’s and cross the t’s on his new project in the long-shuttered Harper Theater on Harper Avenue at 53rd Street, Fox(…)

Review “Singin’ In The Rain”

RECOMMENDED Where: Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace When: through Jan. 13 Tickets: $35-$46 Phone: 630-530-0111 There are several reasons to make the trip to Oakbrook to see Drury Lane Theatre’s production of “Singin’ In The Rain,” the 1983 musical based on the beloved 1952 film, but the top one is the performance(…)

Review “War Horse”

RECOMMENDED Where: Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St. When: through Jan. 5 Tickets: $42-$172 Phone: 800-775-2000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Just in case you haven’t heard, “War Horse” is all about the horses. Mainly Joey, a gorgeous chestnut half-thoroughbred who’s incredibly expressive from each twitch of his ears to every flick of his(…)

Thanks to supporters of oral history project

To the Editor: On behalf of the Hyde Park Historical Society and the Oral History Committee, I wish to thank the Hyde Park Herald for highlighting the partnership that has been developed between the HPHS and the Hyde Park Kenwood Community Conference in the article that appeared in the Dec. 19 issue of the paper.(…)

Jackson Park’s McCurry honored

Parks advocate and Jackson Park Advisory Council President Louise McCurry will be recognized for her work at the Friends of the Parks (FOTP) annual luncheon in February. The award is for her commitment for improved park programming and community engagement in Jackson Park, according to a representative of FOTP. The FOTP 38th Annual Meeting and(…)

HPAC artist featured

Minouk Lim, resident artist at the Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., will be in the spotlight during two events in January at the center. On Sunday, Jan. 13, Lim will be available to discuss her work, including a performative piece she will create in the art center studios in January and February(…)