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Jazz scholars at Kenwood, surgery at Akiba, silent auction at Ray

Jazz scholars at Kenwood, surgery at Akiba, silent auction at Ray

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Five band students at Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., were selected as “Ravinia Jazz Scholars” for the 2012-2013 year. The students, who are under the instruction of Kenwood Band Director Gerald Powell, are five out of the 28 Jazz Scholars in this year’s program. Through Ravinia’s(…)

Burroughs honored at DuSable

Burroughs honored at DuSable

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern The DuSable Museum of African-American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., commemorated the birthday of its founder, Margaret Burroughs, with a founder’s day event on Sunday, Nov. 11. The celebration, free to the public, included spoken-word presentations, a performance by the Congo Square Theater Company and reflections on Burroughs’ vision and(…)

CAPS budget zeroed out

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy, better known as CAPS, has its allocation reduced to zero under the 2013 budget, but CAPS director Ron Holt says the program should not have any visible changes. “It will look like what it always has looked like, in that the CAPS staff and civilians will(…)

Hyde Park election results

Hyde Park election results

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Parkers last week reelected their favorite son, Barack Obama, to a second presidency — with a little help from the rest of the country. Voters in the Fourth ward voted overwhelmingly to re-elect Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, 93.65 percent, compared to the 5.31 percent who voted for(…)

It’s time for an elected school board

The balmy days we had weeks ago when teachers were rallying out front of Hyde Park’s public schools during the teachers’ strike may be behind us, but reform of public schools in Hyde Park and across the city is still very much ahead of us. Another potential step was taken during last week’s election when(…)

Voters endorse elected school board

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer A series of policy actions have been taken to examine the possibility of Chicago Public Schools having an elected school board since last Tuesday’s election results showed that 86.6 percent of voters were in favor of the non-binding referendum question. Several grassroots education advocacy organizations and the Chicago Teachers(…)

Review “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Baliwick Chicago Theater at National Pastime Theater, 941 W. Lawrence Ave. When: through Nov. 10 Tickets: $25-$30 Phone: 773-969-6201 My first reaction on seeing the Chicago premiere of “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” was one of disbelief. How could such a sophomoric, scattershot show make it to Broadway, as Alex Timbers (book) and(…)

Review “Good People”

RECOMMENDED Where: Steppenwolf Theatre Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N.Halsted St. When: through Nov. 11 Tickets: $20-$86 Phone: 312-335-1650 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic As you might suspect, the title of David Lindsay-Abaire’s “Good People” is deeply ironic. Or is it? In Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s vividly acted production of this kitchen sink drama savvily directed by K.(…)