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The past is never finished

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Lyric Opera of Chicago concluded their opera offerings this season with the world premiere of a mariachi opera by José “Pepe” Martínez with libretto by Leonard Foglia. “El Pasado Nunca Se Termina” (“The Past is Never Finished”) is a fascinating, entertaining work that ties together the tumultuous revolution in(…)

U. of C. biologist uses cockroaches to teach kids about the brain

U. of C. biologist uses cockroaches to teach kids about the brain

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer One University of Chicago professor wants to help kids understand how neurons work, using brains and cockroaches. Stephanie Palmer, an assistant professor of organismal biology and anatomy, recently invited students from the seventh grade science class at Marquette School of Excellence, 6550 S. Richmond Ave., to take a look at(…)

Hyde Park Community Players’ latest is all about the music

Hyde Park Community Players’ latest is all about the music

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Community Players will debut their first live musical this month. The group’s last play of the season, a production of Eric Rockwell and Joanne Bogart’s “The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)” will take place this weekend and next at University Church, 5655 S. University Ave. The play(…)

Hyde Park quilt show turns 25, adds day

Hyde Park quilt show turns 25, adds day

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The United Church of Hyde Park’s annual quilt show and sale will turn 25 this year. The show, founded by late Kenwood High School English teacher Alta Blakely in 1991, will return later this week to the church, at 1448 E. 53rd St. The show will take place from 10(…)

Neighbors, clean up after your dogs

To the Editor: I live on 52nd Street and Kenwood Avenue and try to keep a nice garden for all to enjoy. While it is early for planting, it is clean up time. Today I have seen two dog walkers let their dogs use my garden and not picking up after them. I knocked on(…)

Getting to the South Side’s bedrock

To the Editor: People who want to experience Chicago’s bedrock without getting their feet wet, as inevitably happens when exploring Morgan Shoal, should head a few blocks south to hike along the beach between LaRabida Hospital and 67th Street. This fascinating beach, believed by some to be paved with concrete, is in fact an emergence(…)

Hope in recent election results

To the Editor: While Illinois families face tremendous challenges at both the state and municipal levels, the results of Chicago’s February 24, 2015 nonpartisan election offer inspiration, and accountability. In an unprecedented jolt to Chicago’s political establishment, Chicago voters forced a runoff between Mayor Rahm Emanuel and challenger Cook County Board Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia.(…)

Equity in school funding is a central civil rights issue of our time

By STATE REP. CHRISTIAN MITCHELL (D-26) A public school in the northwest suburbs touts amenities such as a state-of-the-art rock climbing wall, a photography lab, a TV studio and free Chromebooks for all incoming students. Other districts have multiple Olympic-size swimming pools. But in some schools in the 26th District, there are children using textbooks(…)