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Pie time on the South Side

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Prepare your ovens, and your taste buds, for the 4th Annual South Side Pie Challenge scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 7. Since 2012, amateur bakers from college professors to grandparents and even children have competed for the title of “Best Pie on the South Side.” Kate Agarwal, the Co-Founder of the(…)

Events in Jackson Park

Events in Jackson Park

Compiled by SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer This week, a variety of events will take place in Jackson Park and the Midway Plaisance. At 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 21, in Jackson Park, the Chicago Park District project manager and biologist will lead a tour of Wooded Island, pointing out various species of birds and marking the(…)

Review: “American Idiot”

Review: “American Idiot”

RECOMMENDED Where: The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre, 1329 N. Milwaukee Ave. When: through Oct. 25 Tickets: $28-$36 Phone: 773-525-5991 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic When the touring version of the 2010 Broadway hit, “American Idiot,” came to town in 2012, I hated it. I found the blaring score of the rock musical/concert based on the(…)

Review: “The Revel”

Review: “The Revel”

RECOMMENDED Where: The House Theatre of Chicago at the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division St. When: through Oct. 25 Tickets: $30-$35 Phone: 773-769-3832 Greek tragedies have great staying power and are experiencing something of a revival. Court Theatre has returned to them repeatedly over the years, most recently with an innovative trilogy that started with(…)

Review: “Side Show”

RECOMMENDED Where: Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. When: through Oct. 25 Tickets: $39-$45 Phone: 773-327-5252 Porchlight Music Theatre’s production of “Side Show” shows just what an enterprising off-Loop company can do with a Broadway flop. Artistic director Michael Weber and his large ensemble put their all into the musical inspired(…)

Review: An enchanting “Cinderella”

Review: An enchanting “Cinderella”

Where: Lyric Opera, 20 N. Wacker Drive When: through Oct. 30 Phone: 312-332-2244 By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Before the first note sounded, before the curtain went up, before I even arrived at the Civic Opera House, I couldn’t help but notice something different at the opera on Saturday night. There were quite a(…)

Never too young to learn about science

Never too young to learn about science

By SUMMER DIAB Herald Intern The Museum of Science and Industry on Saturday presented Science Works, a STEM career fair. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and medicine. The event interprets the idea of the career fair broadly, with one-on-one interaction for children from 2 to 18. The fair also had hands-on activities with geologists,(…)

State should make budget top priority

Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25). Dear Representative Currie: I am writing to express my disgust at the current state of the state, primarily the lack of a budget. While I lay the blame for this squarely on Governor Rauner’s shoulders, the remainder of the legislature should also(…)

Ald. Burns does not like democracy

To the Editor: Speaking plainly, we should not be surprised that Alderman Burns blocked the discussion of a resolution sponsored by Alderman Rod Sawyer and signed by 42 of his colleagues, calling for a moratorium on charter expansion. He defends this lunacy by saying that he has always been for school choice. Regardless of his(…)

Little parking left on 53rd, 55th streets

To the Editor: Why are there so few 15 minute parking locations on 53rd and 55th streets? They are only in certain locations. The parking in Hyde Park for residents are not protected like in other areas of Chicago. Permit parking in other areas of the city balance resident interest with commercial interest. The few(…)

Kenwood Broncos trounce rivals at homecoming

Kenwood Broncos trounce rivals at homecoming

By Joseph Phillips Sports Writer It was homecoming Night for the Kenwood Broncos (6-2, 6-0), as they would host conference rivals Washington High, in a Friday night melee featuring All-City senior QB Di Juan McCullom and the high power Broncos offense. “The first half was tough with it being homecoming.” said Broncos head coach Jack(…)

Man shot near U. of C. facilities

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A 35-year-old man was shot near University of Chicago facilities Saturday night. Police said that the incident took place in the 6100 block of S. Ellis Ave., only a step away from the University of Chicago Law School, 1111 E. 60th St. The victim was reportedly sitting in a parked(…)

St. Thomas festival a success

By SUMMER DIAB Herald Intern St. Thomas the Apostle School held a wines and steins harvest festival to raise money for the school on Saturday night in Hyde Park. Representatives of St. Thomas, 5467 S. Woodlawn Ave., said they were very excited about the happening, since it was their first time having a wine and(…)

Mentoring group tips hat to Chicago Child Care Society

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Helping both parents and children for over 50 years in Hyde Park, the Chicago Child Care Society (CCCS) has been recognized by the Illinois Mentoring Partnership for its Next Step program in receiving a Gold Star designation. CCCS, located at 5467 S. University Ave., is one of six establishments in(…)

Activist fights for Scammon Garden

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Peter Zelchenko, a community activist and University of Chicago Lab School parent, has initiated an effort to protect the name and accessibility of a section of the Lab School campus. Following the recent completion of Lab School’s Gordon Parks Arts Hall, Zelchenko created an online petition calling on university president(…)

University of Chicago Presents

The University of Chicago Presents season got underway Friday night at Mandel Hall with a program of diverting music given a masterful treatment by the Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble. The evening opened with Mozart’s Divertimento in D, K.136/125a. The five string players (the usual voices of a string quartet plus(…)