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After a global search, Lab picks local as middle school principal

After a global search, Lab picks local as middle school principal

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Sandy Bixby was appointed to the position of middle school principal at University of Chicago Laboratory School. This is a promotion for Bixby, who has been a member of the school’s science department since 2007. A search advisory committee at Lab, 1362 E. 59th St., has spent the last(…)

St. Thomas the Apostle to host prayer breakfast, anti-violence talk

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church will host a prayer breakfast and fundraiser on Saturday. The 12th annual breakfast, hosted by the Madonna Della Strada Ladies Auxiliary – Knights of Columbus, will be 10 a.m. Saturday, at St. Thomas the Apostle School, 5467 S. Woodlawn Ave. The Rev. Andrew C.(…)

Kenwood Academy language students collect shoes for those in need worldwide

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Spanish Department at Kenwood Academy High School is collecting gently used shoes for those in need all over the world. For the past two years, Spanish teacher Shenel Conde has been working with students at Kenwood to collect shoes for Share Your Soles, a Chicago-based non-profit that collects(…)

“The Passenger” takes you on a remarkable journey

“The Passenger” takes you on a remarkable journey

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic What: “The Passenger” Where: Lyric Opera, 20 North Wacker Dr. When: through Mar. 15 Phone: 312-332-2244 Composer Miecyslaw Weinberg’s opera “The Passenger” has made its Midwest premiere at Lyric Opera of Chicago in a production which gives this long-ignored work its proper due. The opera is based on the(…)

Second cast is first rate in Lyric’s Tosca

Where: Lyric Opera, 20 N. Wacker Drive When: through March 14 Phone: 312-332-2244 By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Revolutionary intrigue and artistic temperament combine for tragedy in Puccini’s “Tosca,” now at Lyric Opera of Chicago. The second cast in the production directed by John Caird is led by Hue He (in the title role)(…)

Review: “Dunsinane”

Review: “Dunsinane”

RECOMMENDED Where: Chicago Shakespeare Theater Courtyard Theater, Navy Pier When: through March 22 Tickets: $58-$78 Phone: 312-595-5600 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic One country invades another with the good intention of bringing peace, only to have the conflict spin out of control, leading to the destruction of whole villages, the murder of soldiers and civilians, and(…)

Hyde Park theaters to present plays by August Wilson this spring

Three Hyde Park theaters will host performances in conjunction with a citywide celebration of renowned playwright August Wilson, which will take place through April 18. The celebration is an exploration of Wilson’s work that includes concert readings, panel discussions and special events such as the revival of “Two Running Trains,” which will be directed by(…)

Hyde Parker finds first-ever semiaquatic dinosaur fossil in Sahara Desert

Hyde Parker finds first-ever semiaquatic dinosaur fossil in Sahara Desert

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer At 32-year-old University of Chicago paleontology research scholar Nizar Ibrahim isn’t sure how he is going to top the first major find of his career. Ibrahim presented the first semiaquatic dinosaur ever found to Hyde Park last Thursday at Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St. He discovered the 50(…)

What about Reese?

Like everyone else we talk to, we are in favor of bringing the Barack Obama Presidential Library to the South Side of Chicago. We think it will be a powerful symbol. It probably will also be a modest but positive economic contributor, and it can be thoughtfully accomplished without displacing residents. We do wonder, though,(…)

Woodlawn wants the Obama Library

To the Editor: We are neighbors in the Woodlawn community. We need your attention to this most urgent matter. Over the course of the past 12 months, we have been excited and nervously hopeful to learn the Barack Obama Foundation is considering Jackson Park and Washington Park as potential locations for the Obama Presidential Library(…)

Where’s Toni? — still “staying out of it”

To the Editor: Toni Preckwinkle has declined to publicly endorse Jesus “Chuy” Garcia for mayor of Chicago. In a public statement, she said, “I’m staying out of it for now.” Preckwinkle is the most respected African American elected official in town. Her endorsement of Garcia for Chicago’s mayor would be honored by many voters, especially(…)

Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Yeomen of the Guard” at Mandel Hall this weekend

Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Yeomen of the Guard” at Mandel Hall this weekend

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company’s stage director promises that this year’s production of “The Yeomen of the Guard” will make the audience laugh more than “H.M.S. Pinafore.” The 55th production in the company’s history, “Yeomen” is one that came later in the collaborative history of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur(…)

New law from local representatives could shed light on University of Chicago police

New law from local representatives could shed light on University of Chicago police

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Contributor New legislation may be a major victory for activists concerned about transparency in the University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD). Introduced in the Illinois House of Representatives by state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) with Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26), the bill would force the UCPD to the same standard for(…)

Former Hyde Parker might go to Mars

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Mars One, a Dutch not-for-profit organization, has set the ambitious goal of sending 24 people to colonize Mars in ten years. Mead McCormick, now a California resident but a 2009 graduate of the University of Chicago, hopes to take some of the filmmaking skills she learned in Hyde Park to(…)

K.A.M. Isaiah Israel to close nursery school — for now

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The K.A.M. Isaiah Israel Nursery School is closing after this school year. The synagogue’s board of directors voted last Monday night to close the nursery school and postpone enrollment for the next school year due to the resignation of the director of education. Sarah Court resigned from her position as(…)

Local group seeking letters of support for Dyett High School proposal

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Coalition to Revitalize Dyett is seeking letters of community support as it prepares to enter the Chicago Public Schools request for proposals (RFP) process in April, according to a representative that attended a recent Wednesday night Hyde Park Kenwood Community Action Council (HP-K CAC) meeting. “An open enrollment(…)

“The Property,” though flawed, worth seeing

Where: North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, Skokie When: through March 5 Phone: 312-332-2244 By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic As part of its effort to reach new audiences, Lyric Opera of Chicago — through its Lyric Unlimited initiative — presented the world premiere of a new, short klezmer opera at the Logan Center,(…)

“West Side Story”

RECOMMENDED Where: Drury Lane Theatre, Oakbrook Terrace When: through March 29 Tickets: $45-$60 Phone: 630-530-0111 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic West Side Story” always lingers in my mind as one of the greatest musicals ever. Conceived and originally directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins, the modern take on “Romeo and Juliet” by Arthur Laurents (book),(…)

Accusations of fraud mar Election Day in 4th, 5th wards

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Election Day went smoothly at many 4th and 5th ward polling places, but not without some serious concerns. In the 4th Ward, Ald. Will Burns’ challengers Tracey Bey and Norman Bolden are calling on Ald. Will Burns to reject Tuesday’s results in light of alleged electoral fraud. Burns was re-elected(…)

Gilbert and Sullivan return

The Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company will present “The Yeomen of the Guard” next week in Mandel Hall. The company’s 55th annual production will tell the story of a man falsely accused of sorcery by his envious relative, while friends try to free him before his execution. The performance is 3 hours long with one(…)