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Review: “Samsara”

VERY SLIGHTLY RECOMMENDED Where: Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. When: through March 8 Tickets: $15-$60 Phone: 773-871-3000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic In an interview in the program for the world premiere of “Samsara” at Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, playwright Lauren Yee describes herself as someone “who starts the writing process without(…)

Review: “The Rose Tattoo”

Review: “The Rose Tattoo”

RECOMMENDED Where: Shattered Globe at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. When: through Feb. 28 Tickets: $33 Phone: 773-975-8150 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Tennessee Williams was hardly known for happy endings, but with “The Rose Tattoo” he came pretty close. While the semi-operatic, typically symbolic play is drenched in common Williams themes like loss(…)

Caught in a Bad Rehab

Caught in a Bad Rehab

Residents of Kenwood cherish their homes, in spite of the fact that these century old structures are often times an endless pit into which one throws hard earned dollars. Nevertheless year after year clay tile roofs are repaired, windows installed, copper replaced, lengths of board repainted and brickwork tuckpointed. Owning these properties is not an(…)

A vote for Dyett plan from a familiar name

To the Editor: My name is Dr. Timuel Black and I have lived in Bronzeville for 95 years. Captain Walter Dyett was a very important person within the community who I knew personally for most of those years. The proposal that has been developed by the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett High School and presented to(…)

Shovel your sidewalks, MAC

To the Editor: For Hyde Park pedestrians, especially those of us who are older and have balance problems and walk with canes, accumulated snow and ice makes walking more difficult and more dangerous. I’ve been noticing again this winter that MAC Property Management has been deficient in arranging for snow removal in front of some(…)

Parkland library deal a shameful thing

To the Editor: I am ashamed of the Chicago Park District Board for not fulfilling their roles as stewards of the parkland, and protecting it from development. Mr. Tim Black and others have only shown how clueless they are, regarding the value of the park land as open space. They are, and I have a(…)

Park District to host meeting on revetment of Kenwood lakefront

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Chicago Park District will host another in a series of planning meetings for the revetment of Morgan Shoal. A planning team will host a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26 at Kennicott Park, 4434 S. Lake Park Ave. The meeting will provide an overview of the revetment(…)

2015 candidate’s forums available online

Recordings of candidate’s forums from the 2015 election season are available online. Video recordings of candidate’s forums — including for local races — are available on the Chicago cable access network CAN TV’s website. The direct link to the page on the site with the video is cantv.org/watch-now/category/election-2015. Audio recordings of all 4th and 5th ward(…)

2015 Clarence Darrow symposium to focus on immigration, undocumented workers

The annual Darrow symposium, which will take place on the 78th anniversary of famed attorney Clarence Darrow’s death, will explore contemporary activism on the issues of undocumented laborers and immigration. This year’s symposium views the issues of undocumented laborers and immigration through the work of three advocates for the undocumented: Tania Unzueta Carrasco, an immigrant queer(…)

Kenwood Academy Brotherhood to host annual basketball fundraiser in March

The Kenwood Academy 5th Annual Brotherhood Basketball fundraiser will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, March 20. The Kenwood Brotherhood will play against the African American Firefighters and Paramedics League of Chicago during the tournament, which will take place in the upper gym at Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. The tournament is(…)

For Jay Travis supporters, the momentum of last year’s election continues

For Jay Travis supporters, the momentum of last year’s election continues

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A new political action committee that grew out of Jay Travis’ primary bid last year for state representative is playing a role in this year’s municipal elections. Founded last December, People United for Action (PUA) has made its first ever political endorsements: mayoral candidate Jesus Chuy Garcia and 4th Ward(…)

Planning Commission to tackle Obama Library parkland transfer in March

Planning Commission to tackle Obama Library parkland transfer in March

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Next week the Chicago Planning Commission will take on the issue of transferring parkland for a presidential library. The commission will meet 11 a.m. Monday, March 9, in City Council Chambers, City Hall, second floor, 121 N. LaSalle St. The University of Chicago proposed using more than 20 acres of(…)

University of Chicago Urban Teacher Education Program gets new director

University of Chicago Urban Teacher Education Program gets new director

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Tanika Island has been named the new director of the University of Chicago’s Urban Teacher Education Program (UChicago UTEP). Island’s recent promotion builds on a 14-year career at the Urban Education Institute, where she most recently served as chief academic officer of the UChicago Charter School and interim director(…)

Chicago Child Care Society gains support for efforts

Chicago Child Care Society gains support for efforts

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Chicago Child Care Society Preschool Center in Hyde Park is receiving recognition and rewards for its dedication to early childhood education. The Chicago Child Care Society (CCCS) earned the Gold Circle of Quality designation from ExceleRate Illinois. The organization has also been awarded $5,000 by the Staples Foundation.(…)

The hustle before Election Day

The hustle before Election Day

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Mayoral and 4th Ward candidates were extra busy last week capturing votes, with early voting already underway and election day fast approaching. Below are some local highlights from the mayoral and 4th and 5th ward races. In the 4th Ward Ald. Will Burns and challenger Norman Bolden dominated the 4th(…)

Antheus may add hotel to Solstice tower project at 56th Street: developers

Antheus may add hotel to Solstice tower project at 56th Street: developers

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL and DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writers Hyde Park could get another hotel. The 24-story Solstice on the Park building planned for 5540 S. Cornell Ave. could include a hotel as well as apartments, according to representatives of Antheus Capital. The group visited the Jackson Park Advisory Council meeting Monday night and hosted(…)

Incumbent aldermen dominate fundraising in races for 4th, 5th wards

Incumbent aldermen dominate fundraising in races for 4th, 5th wards

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Aldermanic candidates have raised more than $300,000 in the race for the 4th and 5th wards, with incumbents raking in the vast majority of funds. Illinois State Board of Elections records reveal that in the time period since challengers have begun raising money, Alds. Leslie Hairston’s (5th) and Will Burns’(…)

Harper Theater sales double what was expected

Harper Theater sales double what was expected

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Harper Theater’s ticket sales are double what was expected when it first reopened its doors three years ago. In 2014 the theater sold 148,000 tickets, two times more than it expected to sell after its $13 million renovation. Theater owner Tony Fox said that he has no complaints, despite(…)

Jackie Robinson team member speaks out: “Chicago knows we’re champions”

Jackie Robinson team member speaks out: “Chicago knows we’re champions”

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School student Brandon Green, who is a member of the Jackie Robinson West Little League Baseball team, spoke out against the league’s decision to demote his team at a press conference Feb. 11 hosted by Rainbow Push. The Little League Baseball organization released a statement Thursday,(…)