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Review: “Tug of War:  Foreign Fire”

Review: “Tug of War: Foreign Fire”

RECOMMENDED Where: Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Navy Pier When: through June 12 Tickets: $85-$100 Phone: 312-595-5600 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic It takes chutzpah to turn Shakespeare into an anti-war advocate and his history plays into a quasi rock epic, but that’s pretty much what Chicago Shakespeare Theater artistic director Barbara Gaines does with “Tug of(…)

Nancy J. Johnstone, 83

Nancy J. Johnstone, 83

Nancy J. Johnstone passed away peacefully on May 25, 2016, in the University of Chicago’s Center for Care and Discovery Hospital. A Hyde Park resident for 55 years, she was 83 at the time of her death. Johnstone was born in Detroit to Harold and Pearl Stavers on August 2, 1932. Widely known for her(…)

U. of C. panel focuses on the data analytics of political campaigns

U. of C. panel focuses on the data analytics of political campaigns

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Remember the Harper’s Magazine subscription you signed up for last month? The Clinton campaign knows about it, and there’s a good chance they’re using that information to help predict who you’ll be voting for in November. Modern day political campaigns are tapping into exhaustive databases of voter information, which could(…)

Shoesmith holds rally in support of CPS 20 for 20

Shoesmith holds rally in support of CPS 20 for 20

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer All 516 students at Shoesmith Elementary School, 1330 E. 50th St., participated in a rally on the afternoon of Thursday, May 26, as part of the 20 for 20 campaign hosted by Chicago Public Schools (CPS). CPS students are 20 percent of the state’s total enrollment and the families and(…)

St. Thomas School Principals to transition in June

St. Thomas School Principals to transition in June

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer After a 49-year education career, St. Thomas the Apostle School principal, Candace Scheidt, will retire at the end of June. Scheidt will be replaced by current assistant principal, Tim Gallo, but is confident he will continue the work she has implemented at the school over her five years of leading(…)

Concert focuses on quality through music

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Sunday, June 5, the Cantate Chicago choir will perform a special concert at the First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave. The performance is entitled, “Walk Together,” and will focus on racial understanding and reconciliation from a wide selection of African American spirituals. Benjamin Rivera, the director of the(…)

4th on 53rd volunteer spotlight

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Believe it or not, the 4th of July is a little over four weeks away, and the volunteers for the 4th on 53rd Parade are getting ready to put together one of the biggest events of the year in Hyde Park. The 25th annual 4th on 53rd Parade will take(…)

Interactive timeline created

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Two non-profits recently launched a digital, interactive map and timeline illuminating the history of the Garden of the Phoenix, the Jackson Park site that continues to serve as a symbol of U.S. – Japan relations. The “Garden of the Phoenix Digital Experience,” available at gardenofthephoenix.org, was created by Project 120(…)

Hyde Park Farmer’s Market returns for season

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Downtown Hyde Park Farmer’s Market returns this Thursday, June 2, at Harper Court, 5235 S. Harper Ct., from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. The farmer’s market will run every Thursday through Oct. 27 and will consist of 17 vendors selling in-season fruit, vegetables, flowers, baked goods, herbs and other(…)

Chance the Rapper visits U. of C.

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Rapper Chancelor Bennett, known primarily by his stage name of “Chance the Rapper,” will speak at the University of Chicago (U. of C.), Wednesday, June 1. The event, which is titled “Chance the Rapper and the Art of Activism,” is hosted by the university’s Institute of Politics (IOP) and will(…)

Tuesday morning robbery

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A robbery involving three unknown suspects and a University of Chicago (U. of C.) student occurred early in the morning on Tuesday, May 31. According to a U. of C. security alert, at about 12:15 a.m., Tuesday, a student was walking eastbound on 56th Street, near University Avenue, when he(…)

South Side peace effort meeting

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Residents of the Hyde Park, Kenwood and Woodlawn neighborhoods are invited to an anti-violence informational at the Grant Memorial Church, 4017 S. Drexel Blvd., on Tuesday, May 31, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. The Make Peace Chicago organization is asking the communities to come together to form a strategy(…)

U. of C. panel focuses on the data analytics of political campaigns

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Remember the Harper’s Magazine subscription you signed up for last month? The Clinton campaign knows about it, and there’s a good chance they’re using that information to help predict who you’ll be voting for in November. Modern day political campaigns are tapping into exhaustive databases of voter information, which could(…)

LSC meeting talks about sudden firing of Murray assistant principal

LSC meeting talks about sudden firing of Murray assistant principal

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer An emergency Local School Council (LSC) meeting was called last night to discuss the sudden termination of the Murray Language Academy Assistant Principal, Rhonda Butler. Butler was fired on Monday, May 16, by Principal Gregory Mason, after working there for two years, and the school’s staff and parents had to(…)

Similarities between Wednesday shooting on Ingleside and Tuesday shooting on Kimbark

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A shooting involving multiple young men took place in the 6100 block of South Ingleside Avenue on Wednesday, May 25, according to a resident of the block. University of Chicago student who wished to go by the initials T.L., said he was walking near the former Fiske Elementary School building,(…)

U. of C. Lab School director steps down

U. of C. Lab School director steps down

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The University of Chicago (U. of C.) Laboratory Schools Director, Robin Appleby, announced in a letter to the lab community yesterday, May 25, that she will be resigning from the position after only two years. “Over the past two years, we have been engaged in the complex and satisfying work(…)

Metra cutting down trees between 47th St. and 51st St.

In recent days, Metra has cut down multiple trees along the railroad track embankment between 47th Street and 51st Street in East Hyde Park. Metra spokeswoman Meg Riley said the trees were casualties of ‘general maintenance’ work and did not offer any further details.

Hyde Park woman missing

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A woman has gone missing from the 5000 block of South Lake Shore Drive, according to Chicago Police. Tanya Martin, 45, was last contacted on Wednesday, May 25. Police said she my be carrying a black purse and driving a silver, four door, 2014 Toyota Avalon. Martin is described as(…)

Revamped Clarke’s Diner is open for business

Revamped Clarke’s Diner is open for business

  By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The new and improved Clarke’s Diner, 1447 E. 53rd St., will have a soft opening this weekend to test the waters on the refurbished restaurant. Franchise owner Tom Tsatas said that they will be up and running Friday, May 27, but that they are still in the process of(…)

Hairston announces community meeting to clarify parkland proposals

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) has set a date for when Chicago Park District officials will speak with community members about recent and proposed changes to Jackson and Washington parks. The meeting aims to assuage the concerns of park goers who have felt, in recent months, that park revamps are going(…)