Archive for February 2014

CUBE Contemporary Chamber Ensemble passes the torch and the flame burns bright

CUBE Contemporary Chamber Ensemble passes the torch and the flame burns bright
On Saturday, CUBE Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, founded in 1987 by renowned composer, music teacher and oboist Pat Morehead (among other renowned musicians), and whose husband, renowned pianist and conductor Phil Morehead, also steered the organization during its whole lifetime, symbolically passed itself onto a new generation that will lead the group into the future. The... Read more »

Daystar Center has become a Must in South Loop

Daystar Center has become a Must in South Loop
Since I wrote about Daystar Center back in September, and its efforts to become a full service community center at 16th and State for the South Loop, it’s made a lot of progress.  Daystar Center was having trouble shifting its identity from a perception that it was part of the Daystar School in the same building–which... Read more »

Chicago Loop Alliance: getting to know you

Chicago Loop Alliance:  getting to know you
Friday morning on Valentine’s Day, I attended a meeting of the Chicago Loop Alliance.  My first one ever.  Breakfast at the Blackstone Hotel.  A packed ballroom.  And a glitzy lime green colored annual report on each seat–not to mention a small asparagus quiche, two strips of bacon, chocolate croissants, yogurt with blueberry compote and coffee on... Read more »
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What the South Loop needs that other neighborhoods hate

What the South Loop needs that other neighborhoods hate
Several weeks ago, Al Hippensteel, our earnest community e-newsletter editor in the South Loop asked his readers a question:  What does the South Loop need in 2014? “A Taste of Printers Row,” said one respondent, who felt that since restaurants are the “primary  business” in the South Loop, why not highlight them in some big... Read more »

Pianos in the South Loop: tickling the ivories in the 'hood

Pianos in the South Loop:  tickling the ivories in the 'hood
It was quite a night in the South Loop Saturday night.  Especially for fans of classical piano. The famous pianist Ursula Oppens celebrated her 70th birthday in the very Gilded Age atmosphere of Ganz Hall at Roosevelt University at Congress and Michigan.  She celebrated with outstanding and very moving performances by 13 of her former... Read more »

A Chinese New Year celebration at Mariano's South Loop--complete with sesame mango sauce

A Chinese New Year celebration at Mariano's South Loop--complete with sesame mango sauce
I’ve always kind of thought of Chinese New Year as a sort of South Loop thing.  After all, Chinatown is right next door.  You can walk right down Clark or Archer from the heart of the South Loop and be there in a flash.  A mere flicker. But yesterday afternoon from 4 till 6, Chinese New... Read more »
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