“Nutcracker” back in HP

The Hyde Park School of Dance (HPSD) will perform “The Nutcracker” at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16 at Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St. This year’s production of Tchaikovsky’s perennial holiday-season favorite is the School’s 14th since its first at Mandel Hall in(…)

Historical society throws party

The Hyde Park Historical Society’s annual holiday party is this Saturday, Dec. 15, and the community is invited to attend and share stories about life in Hyde Park. The event takes place at the historical society’s headquarters at 5529 S. Lake Park Ave., a restored cable car waiting station that dates from the late 1800s,(…)

“Chinatown” at Experimental Station

A book launch and reception will take place this Saturday, Dec. 15, at Experimental Station, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave. “Chinatown,” a graphic novel and the inaugural book publishing of Sun Bros, will be available, as well as a gallery preview of future Sun Bros artwork and projects. The authors and artists behind “Chinatown” will be(…)

U. of C. announces artists in residence

The University of Chicago Arts and Public Life initiative last Wednesday revealed the five artists who will participate in its 2012-13 artists-in-residence program, according to a Dec. 5 prepared statement. Artists-in-residence will include cellist Tomeka Reid, former Wilco guitarist LeRoy Bach, spoken-word performer and writer Avery R. Young, photographer Cecil McDonald Jr. and filmmaker Cauleen(…)

Local teachers get Oppenheimers

Teachers from five schools in Hyde Park and Bronzeville neighborhoods were awarded the 2013 Oppenheimer Family Foundation Teacher Incentive Grants. Each year the Oppenheimer Family Foundation awards grants to selected Chicago Public Schools (CPS) teachers, administrators, counselors and social workers. The grants, which can be up to $2,000 each, go to support creative educational opportunities(…)

PD 43 deal gains accolades

PD 43 deal gains accolades

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Woodlawn Home Owners Association and the University of Chicago will receive the Marian and Leon Despres award from the Hyde Park Historical Society for their work on Institutional Planned Development 43. Institutional Planned Development 43, or PD43, is a document that governs how the U. of C. uses its(…)

Natural, local oils for the body

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor Hyde Park mother and entrepreneur Sarah Thompson calls it her “gift to the neighborhood.” Thompson’s preservative-free lotion, My Body Garden, is one she has been making from scratch for years at her neighborhood home. She hopes to start selling it to the community starting early next year at(…)

Goodsell leaving after 30 years

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer After 30 years at Hyde Park Bank Tim Goodsell is heading for greener pastures. Literally, he’s going to learn to train horses in Michigan. The Hyde Park Bank board director, who spent most of the last three decades as the bank president, is leaving after Wednesday. “I’ve arranged with a(…)