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District wide issue needs local action

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The local school councils usually focus their monthly meetings on their individual schools’ needs and issues. Last Wednesday night, at Bret Harte Elementary, 1556 E. 56th St., the topic turned to a pressing problem that is facing not only Bret Harte, but also every public school in Chicago. Bret Harte(…)

Marsha’s Music turns 15

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Marsha’s Music, a school that incorporates musical learning into early childhood education, will host a 15th anniversary celebration, Nov. 15, at its new home in the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave. Marsha Melsheimer, the school’s founder, was a preschool teacher at KAM Isaiah Israel, 1100 E. Hyde(…)

Big Shoulders Fund shows its impact at St. Thomas

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Since 1986, the Big Shoulders Fund has been helping over 85 catholic schools in Chicago and surrounding areas by providing materials, scholarships and resources. One of the schools that benefits from the help of the Big Shoulders Fund is St. Thomas the Apostle School, 5467 S. Woodlawn Ave. Today, the(…)

Publishing talks at SHoP

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer November is National Novel Writing Month, where aspiring writers pour out their words to create the story that has always been in their heads. But what happens after the story is written? Finding a publisher can be a chore for some writers, but self-publishers are making the task at hand(…)

Terisa Griffin CD release concert tonight at DuSable

By GEORGIA GEIS Special Contributor Chicago fans can celebrate with Chicago’s own Rhythm and Blues diva, Terisa Griffin, at a Pink Carpet release concert for her CD “Revival of the Soul” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4 at DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl.; $30 (VIP $60 includes cocktail reception at(…)

Review: “East of Eden”

Review: “East of Eden”

RECOMMENDED Where: Steppenwolf Theatre Company, 1650 N. Halsted St. When: through Nov. 15 Tickets: $20-$89 Phone: 312-335-1650 When Steppenwolf Theatre announced that it was kicking off its fortieth season with the world premiere of Frank Galati’s adaptation of John Steinbeck’s “East of Eden” directed by ensemble co-founder Terry Kinney, excitement ran high. Even theatergoers who(…)

Review: “Ride the Cyclone”

Review: “Ride the Cyclone”

RECOMMENDED Where: Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Navy Pier When: through Nov. 15 Tickets: $30-$48 Phone: 312-595-5600 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic In an interview in the program for “Ride the Cyclone,” Jacob Richmond, who co-authored the musical with Brooke Maxwell, says the inspiration was a desire to humanize the idea of a mass tragedy(…)

Irma Pickens

Irma Pickens

Irma Pickens, a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ, began her eternal rest Thursday, October 29, 2015.  She is best known as “The mastermind behind the Pickens Family!” Pickens met her husband of 56 years, jazz pianist Willie Pickens, when she was an aspiring vocalist. Willie Pickens moved to Hyde Park in 1958 from Milwaukee(…)