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Review: “Queenie Pie”

Where: Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph St. When: through March 5 Phone: 312-704-8414 Web: chicagooperatheater.org By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Chicago Opera Theater (COT) opened its 40th season Saturday night with the Chicago premiere of Duke Ellington’s “Queenie Pie” at the Harris Theater. Variously known as a “jazz opera” or a “street opera” or(…)

Fire at new fast food spot delays opening

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A Hyde Park restaurant was gutted by fire days before it was scheduled to open. Wingers, 1638 E. 53rd St., caught fire Feb. 5. Management company MAC Property spokesman Peter Cassel said there was smoke damage to three apartments above the restaurant but no injuries. Fire damage was contained to(…)

MSI to host free days through February

The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) will be offering free museum entry for kids through Feb. 28. Free days at MSI, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., will take place daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Activities include: “See lightning strike — indoors! Manipulate a tornado” – Science Storms exhibit; “Climb inside a historic(…)

Oriental Institute to host symposium on Egypt

The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago is hosting a Graduate Student Symposium, March 1, sponsored by the Chicago Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt. The symposium, which will take place at 5 p.m. at the museum, 1155 E. 58th St., will include presentations by Natasha Ayers, who will speak on “Preliminary(…)

Deadline to run for CPS local school council approaching

Deadline to run for CPS local school council approaching

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The deadline to apply to run in the Chicago Public Schools local school council (LSC) election is 3 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 26. Parent and community members who are interested in running for the LSC must complete an original Candidate Nomination Form, a Criminal Conviction Disclosure Form, and a Telephone(…)

Petition to repair Darrow bridge in circulation

Petition to repair Darrow bridge in circulation

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Jackson Park Advisory Council will be collecting signatures soon to repair the Clarence Darrow Bridge. The bridge, located at the north entrance to Wooded Island, is the closest entrance to the Japanese Garden from the parking lot. Since late last year, the Darrow Bridge, named for Hyde Parker and(…)

Ancona to roll out new Montessori program offerings

Ancona to roll out new Montessori program offerings

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ancona School will be rolling out new Montessori program offerings for its pre-primary students in the fall. The programs will offer a longer day and include dual language instruction, according to Ancona Head Bonnie Wishne. Starting September 2014, parents of 3 to 6 year olds will have the(…)

Storied law professor George Anastaplo dies

Storied law professor George Anastaplo dies

George Anastaplo, 88, a Hyde Parker who became widely known for arguing his own case in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, died Friday, Feb. 14. Anastaplo was born Nov. 7, 1925 in St. Louis, Mo., to Greek immigrants Theodore Anastaplo and Margarita Syriopulou. After serving in World War II as a navigator for the(…)