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Ald. Hairston responds to McCarthy firing

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) has responded to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s dismissal of Police Sup. Garry McCarthy with the demand for more reforms. In a statement released Tuesday, Hairston said, “We need to have a clearance sale in the police department and get rid of everyone who McCarthy brought with him.(…)

MSNBC correspondent to talk about race at the Co-Op

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Joy-Ann Reid from MSNBC will be at the Seminary Co-Op on Friday to discuss her book, “Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons, and the Racial Divide.” In her recently published book, Reid highlights the racial divide that has taken over news headlines, despite any progress that has been made over the(…)

Preckwinkle Holiday Party

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is inviting the Hyde Park-Kewood community to attend a holiday party Wednesday, Dec. 9 at Martin Luther King Jr. College Preparatory High School, 4445 S. Drexel Blvd., from 6 p.m. – 8:30p.m. In addition to joining the festivities at the party, guests are encouraged to bring a gift, toy(…)

Review: Dazzling fortepiano on the Midway

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic The fortepiano, the immediate precursor of today’s piano, could well have been consigned to oblivion but for the period instrument movement of the last century. The fortepiano was remarkable in its day, created around 1700 by an Italian harpsichord maker. Initially, the instruments were very expensive and only royalty(…)

Review: “Pilgrim’s Progress”

Review: “Pilgrim’s Progress”

RECOMMENDED Where: A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells St. When: through Dec. 13 Tickets: $30-$35 Phone: 312-943-8722 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Brett Neveu’s “Pilgrim’s Progress” takes its title from John Bunyan’s 17th-century The Pilgrim’s Progress, a Christian allegory about man’s spiritual journey that is considered one of the most important religious works ever written.(…)

Review: “Never the Sinner”

Review: “Never the Sinner”

RECOMMENDED Where: Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. When: through Dec. 6 Tickets: $15-$60 Phone: 773-871-3000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic It isn’t easy to write a gripping courtroom drama when everyone knows the defendants are guilty and how the trial turns out. But that’s just what John Logan did with “Never the Sinner,”(…)

Review: “Agamemnon”

Review: “Agamemnon”

RECOMMENDED Where: Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. When: through Dec. 6 Tickets: $45-$65 Phone: 773-753-4472 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic According to an interview with Nicholas Rudall in the program for the world premiere of his new translation of Aeschylus’ “Agamemnon” at Court Theatre, the chorus in the play, written around 458 B.C., originally(…)

Kenwood Broncos start basketball season with wins

Kenwood Broncos start basketball season with wins

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer Broncos Madness a huge hit On a cold Saturday night, Nov. 21, at Kenwood Academy High School, a standing room only crowd of 1,000 plus fans packed the gymnasium to witness the start of the basketball season for the Kenwood Broncos Boys Varsity Basketball Team. “It’s Midnight Madness,” said Zion(…)

Hales fall to Hilcrest in season opener

Hales fall to Hilcrest in season opener

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer In their first game of the 2015-16 season, the Hales Franciscan Spartans fell to the Hillcrest Hawks 83-50, in a blow out loss at the Chicago Heights Classic held at Bloom Township High School on Monday night, Nov. 23. “We’ve lost five senior starters from last years team,” said Gary(…)

School News

School News

A special celebration at The Ancona School, 4770 S. Dorchester Ave. Community members, students, faculty and friends of The Ancona School are invited to the second annual Ancona Day, Sunday Dec. 6, from noon-3 p.m. on the new Outdoor Learning Space. The event will feature games, entertainment, food and hot chocolate. Register for the event(…)

University of Chicago Updates

University of Chicago Updates

Renaissance Society celebrates centennial The Renaissance Society, 5811 S. Ellis Ave., is celebrating its one hundredth year in existence with an exhibition titled, “Let Us Celebrate While Youth Lingers And Ideas Flow, Archives 1915-2015.” The exhibition, which is based at Midway Studios, 929 E. 60th St., but also extends to the Renaissance Society’s headquarters on(…)

MTS responds to Laquan McDonald shooting

To the Editor:  We the community of McCormick Theological Seminary, along with the rest of the city of Chicago and our nation, are saddened and dismayed by video footage documenting the fatal police shooting of 17-year old Laquan McDonald by Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke. In January of this year, African American Presidents and Deans(…)

Jay Travis to Christian Mitchell: Time for you to walk the walk

To the Editor:  I’m not surprised that State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) can’t get his facts straight about my support for fair tax initiatives in Illinois. He is, after all, a politician who claims to be progressive — but who’s abandoned progressive positions when it really matters. He must have missed my call for a(…)

Hyde Park responds to Laquan McDonald shooting

Hyde Park responds to Laquan McDonald shooting

By ALLISON MATYUS and SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writers Last week, Chicago held its breath while awaiting the outcome of a released video depicting a Chicago police officer shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. On Oct. 20, 2014, McDonald was shot 16 times by Chicago Police Officer, Jason Van Dyke. Tuesday, Nov. 24, Van Dyke was charged with(…)

Artist collaboration project brings Bach music to Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The South Side will get a musical treat this week on Thursday when ensembles from the Civic Orchestra of Chicago perform in a Bach Marathon. Thanks to a collaboration between famed musician, Yo-Yo Ma, local artist Theaster Gates, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and the University of Chicago (U. of(…)

Hyde Park featured in South Side documentary

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Geoffrey Baer, host of numerous feature-length specials for WTTW, Chicago’s public media station, has dedicated his most recent documentary to the unique history of the city’s South Side neighborhoods. In the film, titled “Chicago’s South Side,” Baer spends some time chronicling Hyde Park, which he calls a “bastion of idealism(…)