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Open Letter to Alderman Will Burns on the Dyett Hunger Strike

Open Letter to Alderman Will Burns on the Dyett Hunger Strike

September 16, 2015 Open Letter to Alderman Will Burns on the Dyett Hunger Strike from Julie Woestehoff, former Executive Director of Parents United for Responsible Education (PURE) Dear Will, We first met many years ago when you were State Senator Emil Jones’s education aide. Many of us in the Chicago school reform community were impressed(…)

Review: The stars of Lyric Opera shine at Millenium Park

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Very cool weather did not dampen crowd enthusiasm at Lyric Opera of Chicago’s annual free concert at the Pritzker Pavilion, held last Friday night. Lyric brought most of the stars of its first two operas of the season to Millennium Park and the audience was well pleased. The concert(…)

Review: “Assassination Theater: Chicago’s Role in the Crime of the Century”

Review: “Assassination Theater: Chicago’s Role in the Crime of the Century”

RECOMMENDED Where: Museum of Broadcast Communications, 360 N. State St. When: through Nov. 7 Tickets: $49 Phone: 800-838-3006 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic No one could doubt the impeccable research and passion behind the world premiere of “Assassination Theater: Chicago’s Role in the Crime of the Century,” and author Hillel Levin, a veteran journalist and(…)

Review: “Peter and the Starcatcher”

Review: “Peter and the Starcatcher”

RECOMMENDED Where: Drury Lane Theater, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace When: through Oct. 18 Tickets: $40-$55 Phone: 630-530-0111 By ANNE SPISELMAN “Peter and the Starcatcher,” which is enjoying a lively production at Drury Lane Theatre, is a clever show that risks being undone by its own excess. Written by Rick Elice, based on the novel(…)

Pamela Vickers Haley

Pamela Vickers Haley

A memorial service for longtime Hyde Park resident Pamela Haley will be held Sunday, Sept. 20th at 5:30 p.m. in Bond Chapel at the University of Chicago quadrangle, 1025 E. 58th St. She died with serenity and grace July 21st. Her death from adeno carcinoma followed 6 months hospice administered at home by her devoted(…)

George W. Reed Jr., 94

George W. Reed Jr., 94

George Warren Reed, Jr., 94, died at home in Chicago of natural causes on August 31, 2015. Born in Washington, D.C., on September 25, 1920, he was the eldest of George Warren Reed and Eleanor Belle (Newman) Reed’s three children. He attended public school in D.C. Graduating from Dunbar High School in 1938 and he(…)

Institute of Politics announces fellows

Institute of Politics announces fellows

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics (IOP) has announced five new fellows for this year’s fall quarter. The fellows are all leading political practitioners and will remain in residence at the university as they lead weekly seminars on subjects of national significance. Each week one of the fellows will(…)

Votes show double standard

By STATE SEN. KWAME RAOUL (D-13) The state Senate took two very important actions last Wednesday. But when the votes were cast, some were steeped in hypocrisy. Illinois has a heroin problem. Even as the yearly death toll from overdoses has risen to the highest of any state, we’ve posted the largest decline in resources(…)

Jazz Legend Willie Pickens to perform at annual festival

Jazz Legend Willie Pickens to perform at annual festival

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The last weekend of September will see thousands of jazz fans flocking to Hyde Park for the ninth annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival. Chicago’s finest jazz musicians will decorate the stages of various Hyde Park venues over the course of the free, two-day event. Perhaps the most anticipated concert of(…)

Personal trainer helps women endure fire department training

Personal trainer helps women endure fire department training

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A group of Hyde Park women have shown ultimate girl power by proving that working hard does pay off. Lionel Pate, certified personal trainer of Sophisticated Movement, trained 25 women, all in their 50s, for 8 months in preparation for the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) to become a Chicago(…)

Renaissance Society celebrates its centennial

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer In 1915, a group of University of Chicago (U. of C.) academics came together to expose progressive art to benefit the community. The Renaissance Society still exists 100 years later with the same goal of giving artists a platform for breaking the boundaries of contemporary art in the present moment.(…)

Parade performance set for Hyde Park Jazz Festival

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The hype for the 9th Annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival is starting to settle in the community, but you haven’t seen anything yet. Mikel Patrick Avery is planning a performance piece that is sure to blow the crowds away while staying true to the music that makes up Chicago: good(…)

Downtown Hyde Park Fest coming to 53rd St.

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer For the first time, a fest spotlighting Hyde Park for the people of Hyde Park will take local collaboration to the next level over three days full of fashion, music, family and fun. The Downtown Hyde Park Fest, which wil take place Sept. 18-20, is a unique, first-time event put(…)

Dyett hunger strike at day 30 and still counting

Dyett hunger strike at day 30 and still counting

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer For one month, the Dyett hunger strikers have been fighting for quality education in their community. Even though Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced on Sept. 3 that they would keep Dyett High School open as an arts-based open enrollment neighborhood school, the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett does not see CPS’s(…)

U. of C. boosts local non-profits

U. of C. boosts local non-profits

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The University of Chicago’s Community Programs Accelerator is starting its second year of service to non-profit organizations based on Chicago’s Mid-South Side. Interested organizations have until Oct. 2 to apply for funding through the program, which aims to support small businesses and non-profits that contribute to the health and vitality(…)

New art exhibit explores the sense of touch

New art exhibit explores the sense of touch

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The newest exhibit at the Hyde Park Art Center isn’t just visually stimulating, but incorporates, and encourages, the sense of touch in a setting that usually only uses our sense of sight. “Warm Kitty, Soft Kitty” is the most recent set-up in the Kanter-McCormick Gallery at the Hyde Park Art(…)