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Nichols Park council elections coming

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor The Nichols Park Advisory Council will hold an election at its next meeting, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13 at the park’s field house. The election will be for council chair, vice chair, secretary, treasurer and a director. All council members may vote. Qualification for membership requires(…)

Review: “The Phantom of the Opera”

RECOMMENDED Where: Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St. When: through March 2 Tickets: $23-$115 Phone: 800-775-2000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Fans of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” won’t be disappointed by Cameron Mackintosh’s new touring version at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. Although the economics of touring may have dictated some(…)

Spunky, sparkling quintets

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic The Chicago Ensemble is in its 37th season of presenting chamber music to Hyde Park audiences. One of the keys to its success is the programming of infrequently heard, oft-times unknown musical works. Artistic director Gerald Rizzer (also one of the founders of the group and its pianist) has(…)

Review: “Tom Jones”

RECOMMENDED Where: Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie When: through Feb. 23 Tickets: $25-$75 Phone: 847-673-6300 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic I don’t know if Artistic Director BJ Jones had escape from brutal weather in mind when he chose “Tom Jones” for Northlight Theatre’s mid-winter production, but the play, adapted by Jon Jory from Henry(…)

Ancona revisits diversity at event

Ancona revisits diversity at event

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ancona School will host its second annual Diversity Symposium on March 1. The symposium is for educators, school leaders, parents and the community to discuss the importance and challenges of diversity. This year’s discussion will focus on diversity on a broader level by exploring the many faces, misconceptions(…)

Locals take control of presidential library bid

Locals take control of presidential library bid

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer announced his support for a library housing artifacts from Barack Obama’s presidency located on the South Side of Chicago on Friday. Zimmer’s statement came on the same day that the formal process of finding a location for the library and museum began. The Barack(…)

The hidden treasure behind the posh at Merge’s A10

The hidden treasure behind the posh at Merge’s A10

By Homa Bash Medill News Serice Casell Lewis winds his way around the newly opened restaurant effortlessly, running up and down stairs from the prep area to the kitchen countless times each shift. “Your glutes will thank me,” said Chef John Vermiglio, laughing as he dashes by. Every inch of the kitchen is buzzing as(…)

Kenwood bests DuSable

Kenwood bests DuSable

By Joseph Phillips Sports Writer The Kenwood Broncos Wrestling team defeated the DuSable Panthers 27-24 in a round robbin match held at Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., on Saturday afternoon. The Broncos were excited to kick off their first match of the season and were looking to make a statement against the Panthers. “Our goal is to finish first in(…)