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Review: “Compulsion”

SLIGHTLY RECOMMENDED Where: Next Theatre Company, Noyse Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., Evanston When: Through Nov. 17 Tickets: $30-$40 Phone: 847-475-1875 ext. 2 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Some people are so aggressive, so adversarial and so driven to be their own worst enemy that it’s hard to have much sympathy for them. Such(…)

Chabad offering meals

The Rohr Chabad Center will distribute meals to seniors and residents unable to attend a family or group dinner this Thanksgiving. Featured fare will include roast turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, green beans, salad, a dinner roll and pumpkin pie. To anonymously suggest a meal recipient, contact the Chabad Jewish Center at the University of Chicago(…)

Farmer’s market becomes year-round event

The 61st Street Farmers Market has moved indoors through the remainder of its season and will be inside the Experimental Station, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave. The market will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday through Dec. 14 and every fourth Saturday through April. It will be closed on Nov. 30.

Bette Cerf Hill awarded at luncheon

Bette Cerf Hill, founder of the Young Women’s Leadership School of Chicago and wife of Herald publisher Bruce Sagan, was an honoree at the 2013 Personal PAC Annual Awards Luncheon, Monday, Nov. 4. Personal PAC, a pro-choice political action committee, held the luncheon at the Chicago Hilton, 720 S. Michigan Ave., which national Planned Parenthood(…)

Ray “State of the School” on Wednesday

The Ray Elementary School “State of the School” address will take place at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13. Interim Principal Toni Hill will deliver the address. The school’s local school council meeting has been rescheduled and will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19.

Hyde Park Players present “Dangerous Liaisons” this weekend

Hyde Park Players present “Dangerous Liaisons” this weekend

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor The Hyde Park Community Players will present “Dangerous Liaisons” this weekend and next at University Church, 5655 S. University Ave. The anachronistic production is based on Christopher Hampton’s 1985 adaptation of the 18th century French novel, a tale of two idle French aristocrats and their schemes to seduce(…)

Urban institute gets leader

Urban institute gets leader

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Cornelia Grumman was named the new director of policy and strategic communications at the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute (UEI). Grumman is a national leader in education policy advocacy and communication and will begin on Nov. 20. Grumman’s appointment is part of UEI’s plan to improve schooling nationwide.(…)

Hyde Park native pens book

Hyde Park native pens book

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Hyde Park native Richard Pollak will read from his new memoir, “After the Barn,” at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 18, at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave. The 79-year-old New York City-based author and journalist, who grew up in Hyde Park between 1937 and 1952,(…)