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Christian Mitchell ekes out 26th District win against Jay Travis

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS and JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writers State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) won with a slim lead over challenger Jay Travis in Tuesday’s election. Mitchell and a group of more than 50 supporters — including Ald. Will Burns, state Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-16) and Sen. Dick Durbin — convened Tuesday night to watch(…)

Lost Hyde Park: Preserving “creatively and constructively”

Lost Hyde Park: Preserving “creatively and constructively”

Respected Hyde Park Alderman Leon Despres had long argued for preservation, believing that while it is not possible to preserve every old building, it was necessary to do all one could to preserve “creatively and constructively.” Despres thought protecting historic urban areas required making some sacrifices, yet was a “sign of a society’s cultural maturity.”(…)

Review: “Rusalka”

Where: Lyric Opera, 20 N. Wacker Dr. When: through March 13 Phone: 312-332-2244 By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic More than a century after it first premiered in Prague, Lyric Opera of Chicago has at last brought “Rusalka” to the Civic Opera House. Dvorak’s greatest opera is both beautiful and thought-provoking with Lyric’s treatment of(…)

Review: “The How and the Why”

RECOMMENDED Where: Timeline Theatre Company, 615 W. Wellington Ave. When: through April 6 Tickets: $35-$48 Phone: 773-281-8463 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Sarah Treem’s “The How and the Why” is a combination of the captivating and the contrived. On the one hand, the writer, whose credits include HBO’s “In Treatment” and Netflix’s “House of Cards,”(…)

Institute of Politics announces fellows

The University of Chicago Institute of Politics has announced its six spring quarter fellows: Roger Simon, Politico columnist Michael Steele, former chairman of the Republican National Committee David S. Muir, former director of political strategy for British Prime Minister Gordon Brown Ana Marie Cox, founding editor of Wonkette Bob Inglis, former U.S. Representative for South(…)

Kracke memorial announced

A memorial service will take place this Friday for Waud H. Kracke, a Hyde Park resident and University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) professor of anthropology who died on Dec. 31. The service will be held at 10 a.m. in room I-470 of UIC’s Richard M. Daley Library, 801 S. Morgan St. Donations in Kracke’s(…)

Local to perform in production

A Hyde Park native will be featured in a stage production of “American Myth,” the story of a college professor who is accused of lying about his participation in the Vietnam War. Stephen Key will be featured in the role of Mitch Kopitsky. For more information, visit americanbluestheater.com.

Update on pricey park project

A Chicago attorney seeking to develop a new framework plan and $10 million visitors center for Jackson Park will share his latest update with the public at a talk this week. Robert W. Karr Jr. will discuss Jackson Park and its Japanese garden in a lecture hosted by Friends of the Parks at 12:15 p.m.(…)