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Supermoon over Troy: “Les Troyens” at last comes to Lyric

Supermoon over Troy: “Les Troyens” at last comes to Lyric

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic What: “Les Troyens” Where: Lyric Opera, 20 N. Wacker Dr. When: Through Dec. 3 Tickets: Lyricopera.org The rarely performed “Les Troyens” has come to Lyric Opera of Chicago for the very first time. It is Hector Berlioz’s operatic retelling of parts of the “Aeneid” — a sprawling work never(…)

Camilla Fano ,99

Camilla Fano ,99

Camilla Fano [née Lattes] was born in Turin, Italy, on September 16, 1917, and died on November 3, 2016 in Chicago at a youthful 99 years of age. After graduating from high school in Milan, Italy she attended the University of Milan’s Engineering College.  There she completed 4 out of 5 years as one of(…)

Dyett High School’s Innovation Hub set to open next week

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Walter H. Dyett High School for the Arts, 555 E. 51st St., does not only house 150 students, a Black Box Theater, dance studios and a state of the art computer lab, but it also hosts the Dyett Innovation Hub, which will officially open on Nov. 22. Part of(…)

I Am We program leads teen panel

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer I Am We, an arts programming organization, hosted “Arts as A Catalyst: Chicago Youth Speaks,” Saturday, Nov. 12, at the University of Chicago Arts Incubator Space, 301 E. Garfield Blvd. The event was the first installment of the “Listening Series,” which will work to “support and encourage inclusion and community.”(…)

The legacy of Cuesta Benberry premieres at DuSable Musuem

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer The DuSable Museum of African American History’s, 740 East 56th Pl., new exhibit “The Legacy of Cuesta Benberry, an African American Quilt Scholar”opened today, Nov. 15. “The Legacy of Cuesta Benberry, an African American Quilt Scholar” is a traveling exhibition that showcases the textile collections of Cuesta Benberry, a pioneer(…)

The Shrine gives back for the holidays with caroling and donation drive

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Shrine of Christ the King, 6401 S. Woodlawn Ave., is celebrating the joy of the holidays with a caroling event and a donation drive. Carols and Candles at the Shrine will take place Saturday, Dec. 17, from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The event will include hot chocolate and(…)

Metra board votes to increase fare

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer Hyde Park residents that take the Metra to commute to work, school, or for leisure activities will see an increase in the fare next year. On Friday, Nov 11, the Metra Board approved a $1.06 billion dollar budget that provides $781.2 million and $279.5 million for capital improvements in 2017.(…)

MSI’s iconic ships gallery is reopened for the public

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer After five months of renovation, the historic collection of model ships at the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI), 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., is open again to the public. The new and improved Ships Galley exhibit demonstrates the highlights of ship design and evolution through model ships. In January(…)

Target’s liquor license approved despite community concerns

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Target’s liquor license was approved by the City of Chicago’s Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection on Friday, Nov. 11, but at a community meeting days before on Wednesday, Nov. 9, residents voiced their concerns and disagreements in the license being issued. “We are very disappointed,” said Stephanie Franklin,(…)

Man shot at in Kenwood Saturday night

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer A 38-year-old man may have been grazed by a bullet on Saturday night in Kenwood. The shooting occurred at about 9:50 p.m. on the 1100 block of East 48th Street. The man was walking to his home when an occupant in a black sedan fired shots toward him. The man fell(…)

Korean War Veteran impacts African American history

Korean War Veteran impacts African American history

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Freelance Writers As a civil rights leader, a Korean War Veteran, an educator and an advocate for social justice, Hyde Park resident James W. Johnson has impacted so many lives throughout his illustrious career. Now a retired professor of history from the University of Alabama A & M, Johnson has influenced students, politicians,(…)

Adama Moye funeral service

Funeral services for Hales Franciscan alum Adama Moye will take place this weekend. Visitation hours are from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11 at WW Holt Funeral Home, 175 W. 159th St. Harvey, IL 60426. The Wake/ Prepast (visit with family) will take place from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12(…)

I Am We to host youth symposium

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer I Am We, an arts programming organization, will host “Arts as A Catalyst: Chicago Youth Speaks” this Saturday, Nov. 12. The event is the first installment of the “Listening Series,” which will work to “support and encourage inclusion and community.” Those attending Saturday’s event will be able to learn and(…)

Target meets with community ahead of liquor license decision

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park residents expressed their grievances about Target’s intent to sell liquor in its new Hyde Park store at a community meeting, Wednesday night, Nov. 9, hosted by Ald. Sophia King (4th). The Hyde Park Target, 1330 E. 53rd St., applied for a liquor license, Sept. 13. Once she learned(…)

WHPK to meet with U. of C. reps

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer Staff members and DJs from WHKP 88.5 will meet with University of Chicago representatives to resolve ongoing issues between the community and student-run radio station and the university. The announcement for the meeting was made Monday, Nov. 7, on the station’s “Save WKHP’” Facebook page. Since September, programming at WHPK(…)

U. of C. students scream in protest of election

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer As the results from the presidential election poured in Tuesday evening, Nov.8, some University of Chicago (U. of C.) students found a remedy to ease their frustration: screaming. Victoria Constant, a freshman at the U. of C. created a spontaneous event on Facebook called “Primal Scream” for students to shout(…)

Mobile tattoo shop offers free airbrush tattoos

Mobile tattoo shop offers free airbrush tattoos

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer The Chicago Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., is hosting a free airbrush tattoo event in Hyde Park tonight from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. The mobile tattoo shop is on Lake Park West Avenue between 53rd and 54th streets, steps away from The Promontory. The goal of the(…)

How Hyde Park voted in Election 2016

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Based on the polls leading up to Election Day, last night’s presidential election results ended in an unexpected way: Republican nominee, Donald Trump, won 279 out of the 270 needed electoral votes. While Trump won in the Electoral College, Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, won the popular vote among Americans, especially(…)

Voters approve Lockbox Amendment

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer A measure that will prevent lawmakers from using transportation revenue for non-transportation purposes received widespread approval on Election Day, Nov. 8. The Center for Municipal Finance at the University of Chicago was against the approval of measure. The State Legislature approved the Lockbox Amendment, also known as the Safe Roads(…)

Congratulations to KOCO for organizing the elected school board town hall meeting

To the Editor: The Town Hall Meeting about an Elected Representative School Board for Chicago, held at Operation Rainbow PUSH on October 17, was organized and hosted by the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO), the Lugenia Burns Hope Center, and Action Now, all members of the Grassroots Education Movement (GEM). The members of these organizations(…)