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Will Burns bashes D.C. Republicans

Ald. Will Burns (4th) held a press conference with several other Black General Assembly and City Council legislators last Wednesday condemning U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner’s plan to sue President Barack Obama. The House voted that day 225-201 to authorize a lawsuit against Obama alleging abuse of authority. Burns was joined by legislators(…)

Hyde Park Historical Society to host oral history program

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern The Hyde Park Historical Society (HPHS) will host their fifth annual “Hyde Park-Kenwood Stories” program on Aug. 17, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Montgomery Place, 5550 S. Shore Drive. This is the event’s third year being held at Montgomery Place. “Hyde Park-Kenwood Stories,” which is recorded for(…)

New shoe store coming to Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer BankFinancial’s abandoned branch at 5500 S. Lake Park will soon make way for a New Balance shoe store. Jeff Mach, co-owner of the city’s four New Balance concept stores, will open the shop this month, with a tentative opening date planned for Aug. 15. He says he was drawn to(…)

Tears of a clown

Tears of a clown

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Ruggero Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci” is a cornerstone of operatic verismo, a compact powerhouse of human emotion and tragedy, clocking in at about 70 minutes. Because it’s short, it’s nearly always placed on a double-bill, but for their inaugural production, Chicago’s newest opera company, The Cobalt Opera, chose to let “Pagliacci”(…)

Review: “Brigadoon”

RECOMMENDED Where: Goodman Theatre, Albert Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. When: through August 17 Tickets: $25-$97 Phone: 312-443-3800 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic When I was an adolescent, Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s “Brigadoon” was one of my favorite musicals. I can’t remember exactly why. Maybe it was because the idea of an 18th(…)

Mälkki and Midori at Ravinia

M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Last month, Susanna Mälkki made her Ravinia debut conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She’s become one of the female conductors to watch since she left her position as principal cellist of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra to study conducting at the Sibelius Academy. She’s begun to make a name for herself(…)

Harper Court sale is progress

By Derek R.B. Douglas On July 29, the University of Chicago announced that it had sold Harper Court. That news marks another milestone in the community partnership that sparked redevelopment efforts more than seven years ago, a partnership that has been enormously rewarding and successful. The City of Chicago, local community leaders and the university(…)

Burns has made no effort for Dyett

To the Editor: Recently Ald. Will Burns (4th) convened Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools Chief Barbara Byrd Bennett to promote his plan to turn over Canter’s school building to Kenwood Academy to house their 7th and 8th grade academic center. Members of the Committee to Revitalize Dyett have requested such a meeting for(…)