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Review: Glorious 19th century opera and operetta

What: “Romeo and Juliet” Where: Lyric Opera, 20 N. Wacker Dr. When: Through Mar. 19 Phone: 312-332-2244 By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic The year 2016 has found countless cultural institutions around the globe honoring the same thing: the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. Lyric Opera of Chicago’s contribution to “Shakespeare 400”(…)

Review: “Othello”

Review: “Othello”

RECOMMENDED Where: Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Navy Pier When: through April 10 Tickets: $48-$88 Phone: 312-595-5600 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Rarely has a modern-dress production done more to clarify the relevance of one of Shakespeare’s plays than U.K. Director Jonathan Munby’s staging of “Othello” for Chicago Shakespeare Theater as part of the year-long Shakespeare 400(…)

Review: “Sunset Baby”

Review: “Sunset Baby”

RECOMMENDED Where: TimeLine Theatre Company, 615 W. Wellington Ave. When: through Apr. 10 Tickets: $38-$51 Phone: 773-281-8463 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Rage and the need for retribution drive Nina, the central character in Dominique Morisseau’s “Sunset Baby,” and in AnJi White’s stunning, unstinting, unsentimental performance, her determination comes through loud and clear. But White(…)

Leonardo Herzenberg, 82

Leonardo Herzenberg, 82

Leo “Nardi” Herzenberg, 82, passed away in Chicago on Wednesday, March 9, with his wife and daughters by his side. He died of respiratory failure followed by sepsis after an unexpected hospitalization. Herzenberg was born in Oruro, Bolivia in 1934. His family, Ashkenazi Jews, had emigrated first from Latvia to Poland, and finally to Bolivia.(…)

Sam Guard takes time to reflect on 90 years of life

Sam Guard takes time to reflect on 90 years of life

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Sam Guard, who celebrated his 90th birthday last month, has seen it all. In his 90 years on this planet, he’s seen much of what can possibly be observed in the scope of any human life. With the passing of his wife in 2015, Guard continues to tread into the(…)

African American Hollywood elite join DuSable panel

African American Hollywood elite join DuSable panel

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A panel discussion, Friday, March 11, at the DuSable Museum, 740 E. 56th Pl., kicked of a series of events that will focus on race and the media. CBS-2 news anchor Dorothy Tucker moderated the discussion, titled “Hollywood Comes to The Du…,” which included actors Richard Roundtree, Margaret Avery and(…)

Travis bows out

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, Jay Travis acknowledged her defeat at the hands of incumbent State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26). The previous evening, Travis’s team said they would not concede the race before taking a closer look at instances of voting irregularities that took place throughout the 26th district(…)

Improv goes beyond laughter, provides business benefits

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer It’s not all laughs over at The Revival, 1160 E. 55th St.; classes at the improv club are proving beneficial in listening, collaboration and creativity. A new session of 15 classes start March 28, but owner John Stoops said the takeaway from these eight-week classes are not learning how to(…)

Shrine celebration

The Coalition to Save the Shrine of Christ the King Church is hosting a celebration at noon Saturday, March 19 at the First Presbyterian Church, 6400 S. Kimbark Ave. The Shrine of Christ the King, formerly St. Gelasius Church, 6401 S. Woodlawn Ave., suffered a terrible fire last fall. The Archdiocese wanted to tear it(…)

2016 Primary Election results for Hyde Park -Kenwood

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Tuesday’s voting for the Illinois State Representative of the 26th District spanned ten Chicago wards. In every one of those wards, incumbent Christian Mitchell claimed victory over challenger Jay Travis. However, election results from the 4th and 5th ward precincts located within Hyde Park and South Kenwood show that the(…)

Businesses say goodbye to Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park location of two stores, Amy’s Candy Bar, 1546 E. 55th St. and Belle Up Boutique, 1504 E. 53rd St., have permanently closed their doors. Both stores started as pop-up shops with a contract from the University of Chicago. Amy’s Candy Bar opened in the Hyde Park Shopping(…)

Mitchell takes victory in 26th District race

Mitchell takes victory in 26th District race

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer At press time, State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) was in the lead ahead of opponent Jay Travis by 3,028 votes at about 56 percent. While Travis started out with a lead just after the polls closed at 7 p.m., Mitchell ultimately pulled the majority of the votes for the Democrat(…)

Travis calls out Mitchell for foul play, doesn’t concede the race

Travis calls out Mitchell for foul play, doesn’t concede the race

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer At 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 15, Jay Travis, candidate for State Rep. (D-26) stepped onto the stage at her election night party at Room 43, 1043 E. 43rd St., to announce that, despite trailing her opponent by about 2,000 votes with 85 percent of 26th precincts reporting, she would not(…)

Rush wins again

Rush wins again

By Allison Matyus Staff Writer U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-1) was in the lead by a landslide as of Herald press time with 75 percent of the votes Tuesday night. Ald. Howard Brookins (21st) and Patrick Brutus ran against Rush for the Democratic nomination. Brookins obtained 20 percent of the votes while Brutus came in(…)

Presidential primary results

Presidential primary results

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On the democratic side of the presidential race, Hillary Clinton came away with the victory with 53.65 percent of the vote. With 97 percent of precincts reporting, Clinton had 357,415 votes. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was listed with 302,173 votes. In the republican primary, Donald J. Trump held a commanding(…)

Ballot confusion at the polls

Ballot confusion at the polls

By SAM RAPPAPORT, Staff Writer and MARC MONAGHAN, Special Contributor As Illinois voters flocked to the polls for Tuesday’s general primary elections, some Hyde Park residents found it difficult to cast ballots for their appropriate districts. Becca Hall, a resident of the 5500 block of S. Hyde Park Blvd., said that, after being supplied with(…)

Kenwood student counts ballots for Election Day

Kenwood student counts ballots for Election Day

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A Kenwood Academy High School senior was one of 1,300 Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students who served as election judges during the primary election, March 15. Kierra Jones, a senior at Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., participated as a judge Tuesday at Brainerd Senior Center, 8915 S. Loomis St. Jones(…)

Sanders speaks with Rev. Jackson at Rainbow PUSH

Sanders speaks with Rev. Jackson at Rainbow PUSH

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) visited Rainbow PUSH headquarters, 930 E. 50th St., for a public conversation with Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. on Saturday, March 12. The event, part of Jackson’s weekly, live-broadcasted Saturday Morning Forum, drew hundreds of spectators and a variety of activists and local politicians. Among those in(…)

Community chess class teaches kids new skills

Community chess class teaches kids new skills

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Community kids are learning problem-solving skills, organization and collaboration on Saturday afternoons, by just playing a board game. Walter Bourdaghs recently began offering community chess classes geared to kids ages 9-18 at Einstein Bros. Bagels, 5225 S. Harper Ct. Aside from teaching kids a game played across the globe, Bourdaghs(…)