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A towering “Nabucco” at Lyric Opera shows off Verdi’s early masterpiece

What: “Nabucco” Where: Lyric Opera, 20 N. Wacker Dr. When: Through Feb. 12 Phone: 312-332-2244 By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Lyric Opera of Chicago’s first new offering of the year is “Nabucco,” the opera which helped to establish Verdi early in his career. This production features stellar singing, dramatic stage dressing, and unusual costumes(…)

Review: “Beautiful—The Carole King Musical”

Review: “Beautiful—The Carole King Musical”

RECOMMENDED Where: Oriental Theatre. 24 W. Randolph St. When: through Feb. 21, 2016 Tickets: $30-$140 Phone: 800-775-2000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Unlike the many jukebox musicals that highlight the drive and inner demons that make their subjects different from the rest of us, “Beautiful—The Carole King Musical” presents the early career of one of(…)

Review: “London Wall”

Review: “London Wall”

RECOMMENDED Where: Griffin Theatre Company at The Den Theatre (upstairs), 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. When: through Feb. 14 Tickets: $36 Phone: 866-811-4111 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Though his name barely rings a bell today, John Van Druten (“Bell, Book and Candle,” “I Am a Camera”) was one of the most successful English playwrights of(…)

Gemma Selman, 77

Gemma Selman, 77

Gemma Selman, a long-time resident of Hyde Park, died unexpectedly of a heart attack on January 23. She was born and grew up in the Netherlands and came to this country with her husband, Rob Selman, in 1964. They and their children lived in Berkeley, Calif. and in Wheaton, Ill. before moving to Hyde Park(…)

Kenwood crowned conference champs in spite of loss to Curie

Kenwood crowned conference champs in spite of loss to Curie

By Joseph Phillips Sports Writer After clinching the Red Central Conference Championship on Saturday, the 4th ranked Kenwood Academy High School Broncos fell to 5th ranked Curie High School 77-76 in their final home game of the regular season. “Thanks to Hyde Park upsetting Curie last week we clinched the conference,” said one Kenwood staff(…)

Let’s be careful and actively involved in our next choice for alderman

To the Editor: As a reporter and editor, primarily at the Hyde Park Herald, I spent 15 years as an active student of Hyde Park’s genius, learning about how and why the neighborhood is the way it is. One of the consistent themes I noticed over those years was the importance of people doing for(…)

Let’s keep I-House international

To the Editor: As a 1953-55 alumnus of International House, I am shocked and grieved at the recent peremptory announcement of the University of Chicago administration that it will soon be shutting down its residential facilities for graduate and international students, as well as visitors, which have raced and enhanced the University and our community(…)

More questions about Jackson Park’s “Project 120”

To the Editor: I wish to add my support to the Jan. 20, 2016 letter from Brenda Nelms and Margaret Schmid, raising serious questions regarding “Project 120,” which I now understand from the JPAC meeting I attended on Jan. 11, 2016, is only in its “concept” stage. I have been privileged to enjoy the peace(…)

Street artist gets gallery gig in City Hyde Park

Street artist gets gallery gig in City Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A local artist is getting a second chance at showcasing his art on the City Hyde Park development; only this time, it’s allowed. Seven pieces of Joel Maxime’s series, “Hair-a-tage” are being displayed on the window panels of the City Hyde Park development, 5105 S. Harper Ave., facing the Harper(…)

Travis gains support in race

Travis gains support in race

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer It’s less than two months until the Illinois primary elections, and Jay Travis, candidate for state representative of the 26th District, is gaining momentum in her campaign. Travis has obtained notable supporters throughout her campaign, the most recent being Citizen Action/Illinois, a public interest group that has been at the(…)

Mitchell is voter focused

Mitchell is voter focused

By Allison Matyus Staff Writer State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) is spending the remainder of the election reaching out to every single voter in the district. That’s about 27-30,000 registered voters, but that’s easy for Mitchell with his support team backing him up. Every Saturday morning, a team of about 60 of Mitchell’s supporters, endorsers(…)

Officials met with resistance at Washington Park Town Hall

Officials met with resistance at Washington Park Town Hall

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The ire of a number of Washington Park residents upset with their public officials and the state of their neighborhood was on display Saturday, Jan. 30, at a Town Hall meeting held in Gorham United Methodist Church, 5600 S. Indiana Ave. The Washington Park Chamber of Commerce hosted the meeting,(…)

Orthodox congregation finds a home in Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A small and eclectic Christian Orthodox church composed mostly of local residents is thriving in the center of Hyde Park. Every Sunday, in an inconspicuous building at 1421 E. 53rd St., between 20 and 40 parishioners of Saint Makarios the Great convene for an Orthodox service led by Father Elijah(…)

Health center at Reavis seeks growth

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer When Reavis Elementary School’s health center opened up eight years ago, it had the best intentions for providing a wide range of health services to both Reavis students and the greater community. After its initial “newness” in the neighborhood faded, Reavis’ health center currently isn’t what it could be. “I(…)

Invisible Institute wins grant

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Hyde Park group responsible for making available the misconduct records of thousands of Chicago police officers received a $400,000 grant in late January. The Knight Foundation, which supports “transformational ideas that promote quality journalism,” awarded journalist Jamie Kalven and his media collective The Invisible Institute, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave.,(…)

Learn improv at The Revival

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Since its official opening last month, The Revival has held successful comedy nights featuring both improv and stand-up comics. Beginning next week, the comedy club will add improv classes to its calendar. Classes range from ages 3 to adults and cater to all levels. Whether you are looking to brush(…)

Ald. Burns says goodbye to 4th ward

Editor’s note: Ald. Will Burns released this statement on Feb. 1 after news of his March 1 resignation was released on Sunday, Jan. 31. Dear Friends: It has been my honor to serve the people of the Fourth Ward and the City of Chicago for the past five years. Working together, we have added hundreds(…)

Street closure on 53rd Street

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Vue53 construction will keep a portion of 53rd Street closed for the remainder of the week. The strip of road between Kenwood and South Kimbark avenues is closed as of Feb. 1 in both directions due to the tower crane of the Vue53 development being dismantled. Local traffic will be(…)

Anti-violence group gains support from HPNC

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC) is partnering with anti-violence organization Mothers Against Senseless Killings (M.A.S.K.) to organize a Summer initiative focused on combating crime in Hyde Park and surrounding areas. On Sunday, Feb. 7, the new coalition will hold its first organizational meeting for “Summer Anti-Violence Action.” The event(…)

Burns steps down as alderman to take new job in private sector

Burns steps down as alderman to take new job in private sector

Ald. Will Burns (4th) is stepping on March 1. The news was confirmed by multiple sources Sunday night. Burns is leaving the city council to work in the private sector at AirBnB, a San Francisco – based company that enables homeowners to list their properties for temporary rental on the web. “Alderman Burns will be(…)