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“Lost in Yonkers”

RECOMMENDED Where: Northlight Theatre, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie When: through June 8 Tickets: $25-$75, students $15 Phone: 847-673-6300 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic   I’ve seen lots of productions of Neil Simon played for laughs. Northlight Theatre’s “Lost in Yonkers” isn’t one of them. Sure, the Pulitzer Prize-winning(…)

Sam Greenlee dead at 83

Sam Greenlee dead at 83

South Side author Sam Greenlee died May 19, 2014 at the age of 83. Born in Chicago in 1930, Greenlee grew up in Woodlawn. He attended Englewood High School, and then the University of Wisconsin, Madison and the University of Chicago. Following a stint at the U.S. Information Agency, he published his most famous novel,(…)

Bernstein all the rage at Mandel

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern This year’s annual Cathy Heifetz Memorial Concert, “Bernstein Bash!,” will pay homage to the American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein, at 8 p.m. on May 31 at Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St. There will be an encore performance at 3 p.m. on June 1. Concluding the University of(…)

Hyde Park mystery novelist draws from neighborhood

Hyde Park mystery novelist draws from neighborhood

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Hyde Parker K.B. Jensen has published a new murder mystery novel, drawing inspiration from the neighborhood and her professional life. Entitled “Painting with Fire,” her book tells the story of an unemployed woman sharing an apartment with a man who has a shadowy past, on the heels of a murder(…)

Five years of the players

By Jessica Kim Cohen Herald Intern Celebrating their fifth anniversary, the Hyde Park Community Players will perform their first improvisation and sketch-comedy show at 7 p.m. on May 30 at the Quadrangle Club, 1155 E. 57th St. Repeat performances will be announced throughout June, beginning with two performances at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn(…)

Dyett closure not the fault of aldermen

To the Editor: In the May 21 edition of the Hyde Park Herald, guest columnist Jay Travis wrote about educational inequalities by comparing Dyett High School to selective enrollment schools and other high schools in other parts of the city. It is not hard to make the argument that there are glaring disparities. There are many reasons(…)

Why a living wage?

By ALD. WILL BURNS (4TH) Chicago workers deserve a living wage. Last week, I was asked to co-chair a panel that aims to find effective, meaningful ways of increasing the city’s minimum wage. And while our leaders in Springfield work to set standards that meet the needs of Illinois, our focus will be the needs(…)

Principal screening team rejects interim principal Antonia Hill

Principal screening team rejects interim principal Antonia Hill

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ray Elementary School local school council (LSC) principal screening committee hosted a Town Hall Meeting Tuesday night so that parents and community members could hear from the three final candidates for the principal position. The absence of the school’s interim principal as a finalist and the lack of(…)