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K.A.M. gets jazzy for gala event

K.A.M. gets jazzy for gala event

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer KAM Isaiah Israel’s annual fundraiser will celebrate Hyde Park’s jazz roots at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 26. Tammy McCann and her combo will provide entertainment and WBEZ personality Richard Steele will speak. The focus on the evening will be Hyde Park’s position in the history of jazz. McCann is(…)

Christian Mitchell gets Laurene Jobs donation

Christian Mitchell gets Laurene Jobs donation

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer State Rep. Christian Mitchell’s (D-26) campaign has raked in tens of thousands of dollars since election day, including a large donation from a prominent West Coast billionaire. Illinois Board of Elections records reveal Laurene Powell Jobs, wife of the late Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs, was reported to have donated(…)

A Seder that’s open to everyone

A Seder that’s open to everyone

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer An interfaith Passover Seder will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at the Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS), 1407 E. 60th St. The biennial tradition is being co-sponsored by Jewish renewal congregation Mishkan Chicago and Hyde Park Muslim Family Circle (HPMFC), a community-based religious group. The interfaith Seder will(…)

Salonen shows his skill at CSO

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Last month Esa-Pekka Salonen was awarded the Nemmers Prize in Music Composition by the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University and last week Chicago audiences had a chance to hear him conduct one of his recent works on the podium in front of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Entitled(…)

Review: “Road Show”

RECOMMENDED Where: Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Navy Pier When: through May 4 Tickets: $48-$68 Phone: 312-595-5600 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s “Road Show” is moving in the right direction. The musical that started as “Wise Guys” (1999), then premiered at the Goodman Theatre as “Bounce” (2003) and(…)

Election results for Hyde Park LSCs

Election results for Hyde Park LSCs

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Public elementary and high schools held elections for their local school councils (LSC) last week during report card pick-up day. Many of the schools have a majority of new representatives on their councils. The LSC is an elected group, made up of six parents, two teachers, one non-teaching staff(…)

New group of parents on local school council

New group of parents on local school council

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer A group of parents who said they are concerned about the direction in which Ray Elementary School is going have formed a group called “Stand Up for Ray.” The group said its goal is to advocate for less testing, restore playtime and maintain a diverse student population in hopes(…)

Raoul’s pension struggle

Raoul’s pension struggle

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A new bill sponsored by state Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-16) that would change how city pensions are funded now awaits Gov. Quinn’s signature, following its passage in the General Assembly last week. Senate Bill 1922 would end annually compounded benefit increases and require larger contributions from workers participating in two(…)