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Review: “The Lion King”

Review: “The Lion King”

RECOMMENDED Where: Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St. When: through Jan. 17, 2016 Tickets: $35-$180 Phone: 800-775-2000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Hard to believe “The Lion King” has been around for eighteen years. It may not feature the electronic wizardry of more recent shows (thank goodness), but the touring version that bowed in(…)

Review: “Baritones  Unbound”

Review: “Baritones Unbound”

RECOMMENDED Where: Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St. When: through Jan. 3, 2016 Tickets: $60 Phone: 312-988-9000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Baritones don’t get no respect—or at least not enough, which is a shame, because they are the uncommon voice of the common man. That’s the premise driving “Baritones Unbound,” a musical trek(…)

Chicago Public School teachers authorize strike

Chicago Public School teachers authorize strike

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer After a three-day voting period across all Chicago Public Schools (CPS), the Chicago Teacher’s Union (CTU) voted, Dec. 14, to authorize a strike if needed in the upcoming future. Ninety six percent of the CTU’s voting members voted “yes” to authorize a strike. Overall, 88 percent of the CTU membership(…)

Boutique hotel talks resume

Boutique hotel talks resume

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The third conversation between community members and developers of a new boutique hotel, which will be located at 1411 E. 53rd St., took place Tuesday, Dec. 15, at Hyatt Place, 5225 S. Harper Ct. Over the past few months, parking has surfaced as the most prominent issue surrounding the boutique(…)

Kenwood crowns DuSable in conference match

Kenwood crowns DuSable in conference match

By Joseph Phillips Sports Writer Coming off an impressive victory over King College Prep on Tuesday night, the Kenwood Academy High School Broncos (5-1) hosted conference foes the DuSable High School Panthers (0-3) in a game featuring two of the city’s top players, which also happen to be Kenwood students, Zion Morgan and Nick Robinson of Kenwood. Although Morgan(…)

Parents continue to question the necessity of standardized tests

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The issue of standardized testing has been widely discussed and challenged in the education sphere. The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is one of those tests that are surrounded with differing opinions and resistance. The PARCC tests math and English language arts (ELA) for students(…)

Looking ahead to plant in spring

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Openlands, an organization that protects the natural and open spaces of Illinois, is accepting applications for its 2016 TreePlanters Grant. The grant will be used to plant trees in neighborhoods throughout various communities, and residents in Chicago have from now until Jan. 11 to apply for a chance for their(…)

DuSable celebrates Kwanzaa

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer This weekend, the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., begins its annual celebration of Kwanzaa. The festivities begin at noon on Saturday, Dec. 26, in the museum’s Illinois Black Legislators Auditorium (ILBA) with celebration of umoja, which means unity. The celebrations will continue on Sunday, in(…)

Obama Foundation hones in on possible library architects

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Monday morning, The Barack Obama Foundation narrowed its search for a designer of the Obama Presidential Center (OPC) down to seven architectural firms. In August, the Obama Foundation issued a Request for Qualifications to which 140 architectural firms responded. Since mid September, the foundation has been reviewing the field of(…)

Christmas Eve events in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The countdown to Christmas is in single digits, and if you haven’t made plans for Christmas Eve yet, two events in Hyde Park will get you in the holiday spirit. On Thursday, the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., holds its traditional Christmas service beginning at 4 p.m. Carols(…)

HPKCAC questions its future

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council (HPKCAC) meets once a month to discuss area schools and the current issues. However, the council is having its own issues with attendance and commitment at their meetings. The council was created almost two years ago, and the eight HPKCAC members that were at(…)

La Rabida benefits from Michael Jordan settlement

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer La Rabida Children’s Hospital will receive a portion of the $8.9 million awarded to Michael Jordan this past summer when a jury ruled that a 2009 Dominick’s advertisement unlawfully used the legendary athlete’s name. Jordan announced on Tuesday, Dec. 15, that he would be donating the settlement money to 23(…)

U. of C. changes course, brings adult trauma care center to Hyde Park

U. of C. changes course, brings adult trauma care center to Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer In a surprising turn of events, University of Chicago Medicine (UCM) announced Thursday morning that it will construct an adult level one trauma care center on its Hyde Park campus. The decision deviates from the university’s previous intentions of partnering with Sinai Health System to bring a center to Holy(…)

Watch the debate with aldermen

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The third Democratic debate takes place this Saturday, Dec. 19 and Alds. Leslie Hairston (5th) and Roderick Sawyer (6th) are hosting a viewing party. The debate between Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT), Hillary Clinton and Martin O’Malley will begin at 7 p.m. The Aldermen’s debate viewing will be(…)

Man’s body pulled from Jackson Park Lagoon

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Chicago Police Department’s (CPD) Marine Unit pulled the body of an unidentified 20-30 year old man out of Jackson Park’s West Lagoon Saturday, Dec. 12. The corpse was recovered after law enforcement officials responded to a call from the 5800 block of S. Cornell Ave. at 9:30 a.m. that(…)

Incident of public indecency in Kenwood

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer After an unidentified man inappropriately exposed himself to a teenage girl on Tuesday, Dec. 15, in the 4700 block of S. Ellis Ave., 2nd District police issued a community alert to resident of Hyde Park and Kenwood. The incident took place at 9:40 a.m., Tuesday, as the teenager was walking(…)

Review: Emerging composers first opera: flawed yet glorious

Review: Emerging composers first opera: flawed yet glorious

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic What: “Bel Canto” by Jimmy Lopez Where: Lyric Opera, 20 N. Wacker Dr. When: Through Jan. 17, 2016 Phone: 312-332-2244 Critics of opera sometimes laugh off the art form as irrelevant. Lyric Opera of Chicago’s first main stage world premiere in over a decade is anything but that. “Bel(…)

Review: “Fallen Angels”

Review: “Fallen Angels”

RECOMMENDED Where: Remy Bumppo Theater Company, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. When: through Jan. 10 Tickets: $42.50 – $52.50 Phone: 773-404-7336 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Noël Coward’s “Fallen Angels” comes across as a witty farce-satirizing holdover Victorian sexual mores, but it’s really something more. First produced in 1925, when the author was in his mid-twenties,(…)

“The Heir Apparent” and “A Q Brothers’ Christmas Carol”

“The Heir Apparent” and “A Q Brothers’ Christmas Carol”

RECOMMENDED “The Heir Apparent” Where: Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Courtyard Theater, Navy Pier When: through Jan. 17, 2016 Tickets: $48-$88 Phone: 312-595-5600 “A Q Brothers’ Christmas Carol” Where: Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare, Navy Pier When: through Jan. 3, 2016 Tickets:$30-$48 Phone: 312-595-5600 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic The two plays at Chicago Shakespeare Theater this holiday(…)

Richard Orlikoff, 1923 – 2015

Richard Orlikoff, 1923 – 2015

Richard Orlikoff, legal counsel for the Hyde Park Herald and Hyde Park resident for over 60 years, died Thursday, Dec. 10. He was 92. Orlikoff was born in New Jersey on July 23, 1923 to Samuel and Blanche Orlikoff. After high school he attended the University of Michigan where he graduated with a Bachelor of(…)