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A splendid evening spent in the 14th century with the Newberry Consort

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Lots of concerts are presented under an umbrella title that attempts to both accurately describe the links among the various works performed and offers an appealing concept to the public. But usually the concept is over-broad (“Love and War”) with the music unable to effectively support the dramatic idea.(…)

Review: “Domesticated”

Review: “Domesticated”

RECOMMENDED Where: Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. When: through Feb. 7 Tickets: $20-$89 Phone: 312-335-1650 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Few playwrights are better at dissecting the dynamics of humans behaving badly than Bruce Norris (“Clybourne Park,” “The Pain and the Itch,” etc.), and in the Chicago premiere of “Domesticated” at(…)

Louis Armstrong Festival brings together local organizations to honor jazz legends

By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Louis Armstrong is coming back to Chicago’s South Side. Court Theatre is teaming up with other local arts organizations for the multidisciplinary Louis Armstrong Festival honoring the legendary jazz trumpeter, singer, and composer who first moved here from New Orleans as a young man in 1922 to join Joe “King”(…)

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: The article on the presidential library in the Dec. 30 Herald is an unfortunate example of the power of misleading advertising. No, it is not “inevitable” that the proposed library will be located in either one of our landmark parks. Yes, the U. of C. “had its work cut out for it”(…)

Elizabeth Hollander Memorial Service

Elizabeth Hollander Memorial Service

Please join us to remember the life and legacy of Hyde Park resident Elizabeth Hollander, a former planning commissioner for the City of Chicago, mother, planner, civic leader, community activist and mentor. Her memorial service will take place at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4 at Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St., in the Cindy(…)

Anne Hammond Roby 1940-2015

Anne Hammond Roby 1940-2015

Anne Hammond Roby passed away in Chicago on Dec. 13, 2015 of acute issues related to lung cancer. She was 75. Born and raised in Columbia, SC, Roby moved to Hyde Park in 1959 to attend the University of Chicago and never left. She lived in the same condominium apartment for 47 years and was(…)

John James Fenessy 1933-2016

John James Fenessy 1933-2016

Hyde Park resident John James Fennessy died on Sunday, Jan. 3. He was Professor of Radiology at the University of Chicago. Fennessy was born in Clonmel County Tipperary in Ireland in 1933. He was an alumnus of Glenstall Abbey Limerick and Christian Brothers Schools in Clonmel. Fennessy received his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of(…)

Herbet R. Barghusen 1933-2015

Herbet R. Barghusen 1933-2015

Herbert R. Barghusen, a longtime resident of Hyde Park in Chicago and more recently of Ogden Dunes, Ind., died on Dec. 25, 2015 in Chesterton, Ind. after an illness of several months.  Born July 9, 1933 in Englewood, New Jersey to Lydia Bertha (nee Weber) and John Joseph Barghusen, Barghusen spent his youth in the(…)

Security alert: 53rd St. robbery

Security alert: 53rd St. robbery

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A Christmas Eve robbery on 53rd St. and Blackstone Ave. caused the University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) to issue a community alert to residents of Hyde Park. In a statement issued shortly after the incident, the university’s Associate Vice President for Safety, Security and Civic Affairs, Marlon Lynch, wrote,(…)

Lady Broncos upset Bengals’ winning streak

Lady Broncos upset Bengals’ winning streak

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer Kenwood Academy High School Lady Broncos hosted the Bogan High School Bengals, Jan. 6, in a Windy City Central girl’s basketball conference match. Both the 18th ranked Lady Broncos (5-0) and the 19th ranked Bengals (4-0) were undefeated in conference play before Wednesday night’s game. “Our goal was to overcome a mountain,”(…)

Broncos dominate Dunbar in conference match

Broncos dominate Dunbar in conference match

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer With four players finishing in double figures (Manny Patterson 13 points, Zion Morgan 13 points, David Hunt 11 points, and Nick Robinson 10 points), the Kenwood Academy High School Broncos dominated the Dunbar High School Mighty Men 51-28 on Thursday night in Red Central conference play. “In the beginning we(…)

Chicago After Laquan McDonald

Chicago After Laquan McDonald

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Scholars, politicians, journalists and law enforcement professionals have, over recent months, debated, in public forums throughout the city, the most effective ways of manufacturing trust between residents of Chicago’s most neglected neighborhoods and the Chicago Police Department (CPD), which is currently embroiled in a crisis of public relations following multiple,(…)

Supporters speak out at Brutus kick-off campaign

Supporters speak out at Brutus kick-off campaign

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Patrick Brutus’ kick-off campaign event brought out supporters and volunteers to back him up on his candidacy for the U.S. Representative of the 1st Congressional District in Illinois. Even though his candidacy has been announced since Nov. 30, Brutus and his supporters celebrated a kick-off event on Jan. 7 at(…)

Laughs abound at The Revival on opening week

Laughs abound at The Revival on opening week

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer You can expect the unexpected at The Revival, but that’s of course in part due to the improv comedy shows four nights a week at Hyde Park’s new comedy theater. The thing about comedy is, sometimes the jokes are told over and over again. We’ve all heard the same joke(…)

Local artist explores new creativity in art show

Local artist explores new creativity in art show

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer As Robert Borja sat in his living room in Hyde Park surrounded by dozens of his paintings hanging and explaining their various meanings, you could guess that he has a passion for painting, but you would not guess that up until recently, he never explored this passion. “I wanted to(…)

Principal quality program

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A new non-profit organization has been announced by the Principal Quality Working Group to assist in the training and support of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) principals. The Principal Quality Working Group (PQWG) is a group of various members from educational institutions and was created by CPS to take a look(…)