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Raoul on State of the State: Governor’s “actions matter far more thin his words”

State Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-13) issued the following statement after hearing Governor Bruce Rauner’s update on the state of Illinois Jan. 27: It was good to hear the governor say that “we must cast partisanship and ideology aside.” I’m happy those words came from his lips, and I’m hoping someday they’ll make it to his(…)

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(…)