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Celebrating Chicago’s Black life with Oscar Brown

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern This Sunday, poet Nikki Giovanni and musician Morris Gearring celebrate the genres of soul and jazz, featuring the musical works of Oscar Brown, Jr. Giovanni and Gearring are performing two shows at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 10, at the Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park West. Gearring(…)

Artist talk with Karen Reimer at HPAC

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Artist Karen Reimer will speak about her immersive installation, “Shoretime Spaceline,” at the Hyde Park Art Center, 5010 S. Cornell Ave., Thursday, July 7, at 6 p.m. “Shoretime Spaceline” looks into the history of the Hyde Park Art Center’s current location, which was home to the Chicago Beach Hotel from(…)

A Wooded Island Problem?

To the Editor: In the early 1890s, the Japanese government, striving to break free of cultural bonds that had shut it off from the western world for centuries, heard about the great World’s Columbian Exposition that was under construction in the burgeoning city of Chicago on the shores of Lake Michigan.  Eager to be welcomed(…)

Stop gap measure a plus but the real work still lies ahead of us

To the Editor:  Last week, just before the beginning of the new fiscal year, the General Assembly passed a stop-gap measure that provides much needed funding for our human service providers, our public universities and most importantly for our local schools to ensure they open on time in the fall. The spending plan provides $1(…)

Stop gap budget shows shared concerns across the aisle

To the Editor:  Along with a bipartisan coalition of my colleagues, I proudly voted for a compromise that will allow schools to open on time, fund state government operations for the next six months, keep road and transit construction workers on the job and provide desperately needed relief to our human services providers. This long-overdue(…)

Review: Muti leads CSO in booming, beautiful season closer

Review: Muti leads CSO in booming, beautiful season closer

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic The 125th season of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra concluded last month with an all-Bruckner program lead by music director Riccardo Muti. Before the performance on the penultimate Thursday of June (the first of three performances of the same program) Muti told the audience that the concert was dedicated to(…)

Review: “Death of a  Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody”

Review: “Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody”

RECOMMENDED Where: Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe When: through Aug. 14 Tickets: $35-$80 Phone: 847-242-6000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic The test of a good parody is that it makes me laugh so hard the tears start rolling down my cheeks. “Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody,” which is inaugurating Writers’(…)

Review: “The Ben Hecht Show”

Review: “The Ben Hecht Show”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Grippo Stage Company and Piven Theatre, Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., Evanston When: through July 17 Tickets: $35 Phone: 800-838-3006 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Don’t go to “The Ben Hecht Show,” the solo outing written and performed by James Sherman, expecting the famous journalist, novelist, playwright, screenwriter, director, and(…)

Whole Kids foundation donates $25,000 to Oriental Institute

Whole Kids foundation donates $25,000 to Oriental Institute

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern Whole Foods Market’s partner organization, Whole Kids’ Foundation, along with the United Health Foundation, has awarded a $25,000 Healthy Kids Innovation Grant to the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute. The grant, which aims to support projects that educate children about nutrition, will provide funds for a new program in which(…)

Kartemquin celebrates 50 years in the film industry

Kartemquin celebrates 50 years in the film industry

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Fifty years ago, three students at the University of Chicago (U. of C.), started making documentary films. Their efforts have grown to what is now known as Kartemquin Films and they have made over 50 documentaries while simultaneously helping to make the next generation of filmmakers. Stan Karter, Jerry Temaner(…)

Children’s musician performs at Hyde Park Farmers Market

Children’s musician performs at Hyde Park Farmers Market

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer As part of the live musical performances featured during this season’s Hyde Park Farmers Market, Chicago children’s musician, Laura Doherty, is set to play on Thursday, July 7, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the market located in Harper Court, 5235 S. Harper Ct. Doherty has been writing and(…)

Silver Room brings legendary block party to Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Although it will be the Silver Room’s 13th Annual Sound System Block Party, the July 16 event will be the first time it has happened in Hyde Park since the Silver Room, 1506 E. 53rd St., moved from Wicker Park last year. Silver Room owner, Eric Williams, said that the(…)