Monthly Archives: February 2013

Court Theater gets new rehearsal location

Court Theater gets new rehearsal location

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Court Theater is moving its rehearsal space from the second story of an old taxicab house to an 8,000-square-foot building that will better mimic their stage and accommodate its costume shop. The former State Farm building on the 5200 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue will be part of the(…)

Locals protest school closures

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) School Utilization hearing for the Mid-South area of the city took place Monday, Feb. 4. The Commission on School Utilization, formed by CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett, heard testimonies from those representing elementary schools in the area. A large crowd of teachers, principals and parents(…)

Locals release housing study

By LINDSAY WELBERS and ANDREW HOLZMAN Staff Writer and Herald Intern A low-income family with two children will have a heck of a time finding an apartment to rent in Hyde Park. The Coalition for Equitable Community Development released the “Hyde Park-South Kenwood Affordable Rental Housing Market Study” on Saturday at its annual meeting. The(…)

Trauma boost: Candidate promises centers

Trauma boost: Candidate promises centers

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Advocates for a trauma care center in Hyde Park may have a friend in Congress if Ald. Anthony Beale (9th) is elected. Second district congressional candidate Beale told a group of University of Chicago students and Hyde Park residents last week that, if elected, he will facilitate a meeting between(…)

City Hyde Park gets $11.3M

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The developers of City Hyde Park had their request for $11.3 million in tax increment financing approved by the 53rd Street Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District Advisory Council at its Jan. 25 meeting. The $11.3 million will be used to help fund a $22 million gap in funding for the(…)

New a capella group debuts at Rockefeller

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant-to-the-editor Choir group Chicago a capella will gives the debut performance for its new program, “Spirit/Breath/Voice,” Saturday, Feb. 9 at Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., at 8 p.m. The concert, a combination of religious and secular music performed by the choir of 10, will include works by renaissance Italian composer Tomas(…)

New 53rd Street needs Artisans 21

To the Editor: The planning for the McMobil plot is an important consideration for the future of our pedestrian shopping thoroughfare: 53rd Street. The new glassy Harper Court development looms as a complement to this project. We have not forgotten that Haper Court was created to compensate for the destruction of the 57th Street “art(…)

Review “The Aliens”

SLIGHTLY RECOMMENDED Where: A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells St. When: through March 3 Tickets: $25-$30 Phone: 312-943-8722 If you think of Annie Baker’s “The Aliens” as a trio of interconnected character studies, the two-hour-long Chicago premiere at A Red Orchid Theatre may be tolerable. But if you’re expecting a play with anything resembling(…)

Review “Other Desert Cities”

RECOMMENDED Where: Goodman Theatre Albert Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. When: through Feb. 17 Tickets: $25-$86 Phone: 312-443-3800 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Family secrets are at the core of “Other Desert Cities,” but what drives Jon Robin Baitz’s old-fashioned well-made play are the political and personal conflicts among the characters and a potent moral(…)

Celebrating Dr. King, President Obama and Black Liberation

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critics Inauguration Sunday found Music in the Loft hosting a sold-out recital that honored the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., commemorated the second inauguration of Barack Obama and celebrated the notable successes of African Americans in fighting oppression. The program of all American music was created and performed by(…)

Byrd-Bennett’s blunder

When new Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett was appointed last year, her rhetoric related to public school closures gave us reason to be hopeful that, at last, CPS had a leader who understood the need for input from teachers and parents, especially when contemplating the dramatic decision to close schools. She promised to listen(…)

Annual historical society dinner nears

The annual dinner of the Hyde Park Historical Society will take place Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Quadrangle Club, 1155 E. 57th St, at 5:30 p.m. The featured speaker will be Tim Samuelson, Chicago’s cultural historian, and Cornell, Despres and Block Awards will be presented. The cash bar opens at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner(…)

Holy pastry! Latke debate is coming

The Latke-Hamantash Debate, an annual tradition at the University of Chicago’s Hillel Foundation, will take place Tuesday, Feb. 12. The debate has been a fixture at Hillel and in Hyde Park since 1946. The humorous debate pits participants against one another in defending two Jewish foods: the latke, a fried potato dish, and hamentaschen, triangular(…)

Jazz concert Saturday at First Unitarian

There will be a jazz concert this Saturday, Feb. 9, at First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave. Performers include vocalist Juan Coleman, father and son duo Derrick and Micah Ivy and the Prairie State College Faculty Jazz Quartet featuring Valerie Nicholson and Phillip Crews. Tickets are $15 general, $10 for seniors and students. A(…)

Indoor farmers market at Augustana

Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave., is hosting an indoor farmers market later this month. On Saturday, Feb. 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Augustana will host local vendors providing seasonal, sustainably produced goods from local farmers and vendors, including meats, chesses, vinegars, honey, eggs, baked goods and specialty items. The market is(…)

Booth booster gives $5M gift

John Edwardson, a member of the University of Chicago’s board of trustees and the former CEO of CDW, a Vernon Hills-based technology company, has donated $5M to the university’s School of Business. Edwardson, who graduated with an MBA from the school in 1972, currently chairs its Council on Chicago Booth. He was the CEO of(…)

Promontory items nod to Piccadilly

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The old Piccadilly Theater has been closed for decades but Hyde Parkers will be able to see pieces of the old movie house when they visit The Promontory. The future home of a music venue, bar and and restaurant will be decorated with pieces of the old theater, which was(…)

Mandel Hall facelift done

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Mandel Hall was reopened recently after being restored to its original condition. The 109-year-old room was brought in line with modern accessibility standards while maintaining the original look of the hall. Seats were upgraded to create greater accessibility. To accommodate for the extra width the seats take up, two rows(…)

Ray teacher gets school supplies award

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chandra Garcia, 6th grade teacher at Ray Elementary School, won an award from Chicago Public Schools and Office Max for being one of CPS’s outstanding teachers. Garcia was one of 100 teachers to receive the honor. She received a new desk chair and $1,000 worth of supplies for her(…)

Trauma center calls back

Trauma center calls back

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer After four people were arrested following an attempted sit-in at the University of Chicago Medicine’s new hospital last month, the calls to have access to an adult trauma care center on the South Side have increased. Protestors have also called for the U. of C. to explain the violence that(…)