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Congresswoman Kelly visits Hyde Park

Congresswoman Kelly visits Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Second District Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) visited Hyde Park Monday morning for her first event in the neighborhood open to the press since being elected in April. Kelly’s weeklong Economic Development Tour focusing on businesses and jobs began at the Sip and Savor coffee shop, 5301 S. Hyde(…)

Exhibit at Open Produce

Exhibit at Open Produce

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Hyde Park grocer Open Produce will host an opening reception for a new exhibit at the store, 1635 E. 55th St., from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., tomorrow. The show is the latest in the store’s monthly series of on-site art exhibits, inaugurated last July and founded by(…)

Student wins award

Student wins award

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer A student at St. Thomas the Apostle School won first place in Hyde Park Bank’s “Why I Love My School” essay contest. Hyde Park Bank President Mike McGarry will visit St. Thomas the Apostle School at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, to personally congratulate 4th grader Dika Chidame for(…)

Kenwood basketball coach pushes excellence

Kenwood basketball coach pushes excellence

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer Name: Jim Maley Position: Head Boy’s Varsity Basketball Coach School: Kenwood Academy Mascot: Broncos Conference: Public League Red Central Previous Record: 5-4 conference, 15-12 overall Current Record: 0-0 conference, 0-0 overall Previous Ranking: No. 4 Current Ranking: No. 1 Jim Maley is currently entering his third season as the head boy’s varsity basketball coach and is a former graduate(…)

Teacher reaches out to Hyde Park for new program

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Educator Lauren Beitler held a meeting for Hyde Park parents Tuesday night to survey interest in the start of a school that emphasizes a democratic process. Beitler, who is a graduate of the University of Chicago Urban Education Initiative program, was a middle school teacher at several schools on(…)

Review: “Cyrano de Bergerac”

RECOMMENDED Where: Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Navy Pier When: through Nov. 10 Tickets: $48-$78 Phone: 312-595-5600 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic If what you remember most about Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac is the tragic Cyrano-Roxane-Christian love triangle, the current production at Chicago Shakespeare Theater will come as a surprise.  Using a translation/adaptation by Anthony Burgess,(…)

Review: “The North China Lover”

RECOMMENDED Where: Lookingglass Theatre Company, Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. When: through Nov. 10 Tickets: $36-$70 Phone: 312-337-0665  Might as well admit it: I don’t really “get” Marguerite Duras. Maybe that’s why I can appreciate the care and complexity of Lookingglass Theatre Company’s world premiere stage version of “The North China Lover,” but(…)

Review: “Northanger Abbey”

RECOMMENDED Where: Remy Bumppo at the Greenhouse Theater Center, Upstairs Mainstage, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. When: through Nov. 10 Tickets: $37.50-52.50 Phone: 773-404-7336 If you’re looking for light-hearted entertainment with a literary bent, Remy Bumppo’s lively production of “Northanger Abbey” is a good bet. Adapted by Brit Tim Luscombe and directed by Joanie Schultz, Jane(…)