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CPS budget hurts local schools

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Jesse Ruiz, interim CEO for Chicago Public Schools (CPS), said in a press conference on Monday, July 13, that CPS would lose $106 million in funding from the state this year. The statement comes as Chicago schools are presented with individual budgets for fiscal year 2016. “We’re disappointed that Springfield(…)

Dyett group squares off against local politicians

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A Bronzeville community organization is pitting itself against Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and Ald. Will Burns (4th) in an effort to bring an open enrollment, Chicago Public Schools (CPS)-operated high school into the neighborhood. Members of the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett High School along with Bronzeville residents and CPS teachers gathered(…)

Review: Summer music at two Hyde Park landmarks

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic The Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial Carillon in Rockefeller Chapel at the University of Chicago is the world’s second largest musical instrument. The largest is its sister carillon (also named for Laura Spelman Rockefeller) at the Riverside Church in New York City. This year, the University of Chicago marks half(…)

Review: “Inana”

Review: “Inana”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: TimeLine Theatre Company, 615 W. Wellington Ave. When: through July 26 Tickets: $39-$52 Phone: 773-281-8463 By Anne Spiselman Theater Critic Just read the papers or watch the news, and it seems like irreplaceable antiquities are being destroyed every day. The precious remains of human history and culture are blown up by invaders,(…)

Review: “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”

Review: “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”

RECOMMENDED Where: Goodman Theater, 170 N. Dearborn St, When: through Aug. 2 Tickets: $27-$79 Phone: 312-443-3800 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic You don’t have to be a Chekhov aficionado to enjoy Goodman Theatre’s Chicago premiere of Christopher Durang’s 2013 Tony Award-winning “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” but it helps. Durang mixes, matches, and mashes(…)

Ald. Hairston organizes salsa dance event

This Sunday, Hyde Parkers can attend a free dance event organized by Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th). Dance Till Dusk will feature salsa dancing and stepping, hosted by Ken Bedford, on the tennis court in Harold Washington Park (corner of 53rd Street and Lake Shore Drive). The event takes place July 19, from 2 p.m. to(…)

U. of C. to present hotel idea for 53rd

Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) is hosting a community meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business 5807 S. Woodlawn Ave. During the meeting representatives from the University of Chicago will present a proposal for a boutique hotel on 53rd Street and Dorchester Avenue.

Jackson Park Advisory Council to hold photography classes

This Saturday, take advantage of a free, nature photography class in Jackson Park. The event is sponsored by the Jackson Park Advisory Council and comes as part of JPAC’s nature photography contest (July 18 to August 7). The free class will be held by photographer Spencer Bibbs, July 18, at 9 a.m., on Jackson Park’s(…)