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Review: “American Idiot”

Review: “American Idiot”

RECOMMENDED Where: The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre, 1329 N. Milwaukee Ave. When: through Oct. 25 Tickets: $28-$36 Phone: 773-525-5991 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic When the touring version of the 2010 Broadway hit, “American Idiot,” came to town in 2012, I hated it. I found the blaring score of the rock musical/concert based on the(…)

Review: “The Revel”

Review: “The Revel”

RECOMMENDED Where: The House Theatre of Chicago at the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division St. When: through Oct. 25 Tickets: $30-$35 Phone: 773-769-3832 Greek tragedies have great staying power and are experiencing something of a revival. Court Theatre has returned to them repeatedly over the years, most recently with an innovative trilogy that started with(…)

Review: “Side Show”

RECOMMENDED Where: Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. When: through Oct. 25 Tickets: $39-$45 Phone: 773-327-5252 Porchlight Music Theatre’s production of “Side Show” shows just what an enterprising off-Loop company can do with a Broadway flop. Artistic director Michael Weber and his large ensemble put their all into the musical inspired(…)

Review: An enchanting “Cinderella”

Review: An enchanting “Cinderella”

Where: Lyric Opera, 20 N. Wacker Drive When: through Oct. 30 Phone: 312-332-2244 By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Before the first note sounded, before the curtain went up, before I even arrived at the Civic Opera House, I couldn’t help but notice something different at the opera on Saturday night. There were quite a(…)

Never too young to learn about science

Never too young to learn about science

By SUMMER DIAB Herald Intern The Museum of Science and Industry on Saturday presented Science Works, a STEM career fair. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and medicine. The event interprets the idea of the career fair broadly, with one-on-one interaction for children from 2 to 18. The fair also had hands-on activities with geologists,(…)

State should make budget top priority

Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25). Dear Representative Currie: I am writing to express my disgust at the current state of the state, primarily the lack of a budget. While I lay the blame for this squarely on Governor Rauner’s shoulders, the remainder of the legislature should also(…)

Ald. Burns does not like democracy

To the Editor: Speaking plainly, we should not be surprised that Alderman Burns blocked the discussion of a resolution sponsored by Alderman Rod Sawyer and signed by 42 of his colleagues, calling for a moratorium on charter expansion. He defends this lunacy by saying that he has always been for school choice. Regardless of his(…)

Little parking left on 53rd, 55th streets

To the Editor: Why are there so few 15 minute parking locations on 53rd and 55th streets? They are only in certain locations. The parking in Hyde Park for residents are not protected like in other areas of Chicago. Permit parking in other areas of the city balance resident interest with commercial interest. The few(…)

Kenwood Broncos trounce rivals at homecoming

Kenwood Broncos trounce rivals at homecoming

By Joseph Phillips Sports Writer It was homecoming Night for the Kenwood Broncos (6-2, 6-0), as they would host conference rivals Washington High, in a Friday night melee featuring All-City senior QB Di Juan McCullom and the high power Broncos offense. “The first half was tough with it being homecoming.” said Broncos head coach Jack(…)

Man shot near U. of C. facilities

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A 35-year-old man was shot near University of Chicago facilities Saturday night. Police said that the incident took place in the 6100 block of S. Ellis Ave., only a step away from the University of Chicago Law School, 1111 E. 60th St. The victim was reportedly sitting in a parked(…)

St. Thomas festival a success

By SUMMER DIAB Herald Intern St. Thomas the Apostle School held a wines and steins harvest festival to raise money for the school on Saturday night in Hyde Park. Representatives of St. Thomas, 5467 S. Woodlawn Ave., said they were very excited about the happening, since it was their first time having a wine and(…)

Mentoring group tips hat to Chicago Child Care Society

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Helping both parents and children for over 50 years in Hyde Park, the Chicago Child Care Society (CCCS) has been recognized by the Illinois Mentoring Partnership for its Next Step program in receiving a Gold Star designation. CCCS, located at 5467 S. University Ave., is one of six establishments in(…)

Activist fights for Scammon Garden

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Peter Zelchenko, a community activist and University of Chicago Lab School parent, has initiated an effort to protect the name and accessibility of a section of the Lab School campus. Following the recent completion of Lab School’s Gordon Parks Arts Hall, Zelchenko created an online petition calling on university president(…)

University of Chicago Presents

The University of Chicago Presents season got underway Friday night at Mandel Hall with a program of diverting music given a masterful treatment by the Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble. The evening opened with Mozart’s Divertimento in D, K.136/125a. The five string players (the usual voices of a string quartet plus(…)

The Herald is looking for your memories

The Hyde Park Herald invites you to share your memories of the University of Chicago in our special U. of C. 125th Anniversary issue. Email letters to Daschell M. Phillips, Editor, Hyde Park Herald, d.phillips@hpherald.com . All letters are due by 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22.

HPNC holds annual meeting

The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC) will hold its Annual Meeting of the Board tomorrow at 7 p.m., in the club’s facilities, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave. The meeting will focus on the state of the HPNC through fiscal year 2015. The agenda includes a fiscal report, program report, fundraising report and announcements regarding new board(…)

Tour explores Hyde Park haunts

Tour explores Hyde Park haunts

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer While Hyde Park is mostly known for its historical architecture, the famous Columbian Exposition in 1893 and of course, the home of President Barack åObama, resident Greg Fairbanks is showing a more secretive, dark side to the Chicago neighborhood. For the second year, Fairbanks is hosting a Haunted Hyde Park(…)

Boutique hotel follow up meeting

Boutique hotel follow up meeting

53rd Street and Dorchester Avenue boutique hotel follow up meeting. 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29 at University of Chicago Booth School of Business, 5807 S. Woodlawn Ave. The follow up meeting is part two of a meeting first held in August where developers from Smart Hotels, LLC proposed a 90-room boutique hotel equipped with a(…)

DuSable screens Halloween movies

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The DuSable Museum of African American History will host an Oct. 31 event, entitled “Don’t Be Scurred,” in which four scary movies with mostly Black casts and Black leading actors will be screened in the museum’s theater, 740 E. 56th Pl. In addition to the films, activities include “creepy crafts”(…)

Scholarship the focus of HPNC’s annual fundraiser

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club will unveil its new scholarship fund for youth attending the club’s afterschool programs during its 106th Anniversary Gala next month. The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC) is inviting the community to help celebrate its 106th year from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6(…)