Monthly Archives: July 2013

Summertime is bell time

By Maria Castellucci Herald Intern “The Bells of Summer,” a weekly musical event this summer and part of the 48th Annual Rockefeller Carillon Festival, features one performance each Sunday for 10 weeks by internationally known carillonneurs at the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave. The first event was a Sunday, June 23 performance by(…)

Bridgeport Coffee to open in art center

Bridgeport Coffee to open in art center

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor Employees at the Bridgeport Coffee Company’s second Chicago cafe will begin training next week, in the lead up to the store’s Aug. 1 opening, according to manager Kim Hayward. Most staff have already been chosen for the shop, located in Istria Cafe’s previous space at the Hyde Park(…)

Wall thrives through respect

Wall thrives through respect

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The graffiti wall behind the Mobil station along 53rd Street has operated in the grey area between legal and illegal since the early ‘90s. But for the bulk of that time it has been a generally low-conflict zone where talented street artists can practice painting, memorialize a friend or make(…)

Chaka Khan to get Blackstone Ave. honor

Chaka Khan to get Blackstone Ave. honor

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chaka Khan, legendary singer-songwriter and Kenwood Academy High School alum, will visit Chicago later this month for a street naming ceremony and established day proclamation. On Saturday, July 27 at 2pm, Blackstone Avenue between 50th and 51st streets will be named Chaka Khan Way. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Ald. Will(…)

Students part of group exploring solutions to urban violence

Students part of group exploring solutions to urban violence

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Students from Kenwood Academy and Dyett high schools will join students from other nearby public schools this summer in the My Life, My Research, New Citizens program. The students will work together to devise violence prevention programs for their schools and communities. A grant given to Quad Community Development(…)

Longtime educator retires from position as Ray librarian

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Leslie Travis, the librarian at Ray Elementary School, announced her retirement after 35 years as an educator. She said her teaching career was atypical, which was very exciting for her. Travis has been the librarian at Ray, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., for 21 years. She began her career as(…)

Review: Keep on smiling

Where: 773 Theatre, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. When: through July 14 Contact: chicagofolksoperetta.org By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Chicago Folks Operetta has launched their 2013 season with the first Chicago production in some 25 years of Franz Lehár’s “The Land of Smiles” (“Das Land des Lächelns”). While Lehár is renowned for “The Merry Widow,”(…)

Review: Tartuffe

RECOMMENDED Where: Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. When: through July 21 Tickets: $45-$65 Phone: 773-753-4472 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic At its best, Court Theatre’s “Tartuffe,” part of a two-play Molière festival that started with “The Misanthrope,” effectively pairs the wit of Richard Wilbur’s translation with canny physical comedy to illuminate the double-pronged satire(…)

Officer hit, dragged along LSD Saturday

A police officer was dragged down the street in Hyde Park after being hit by an SUV Saturday night. Christopher Hartzol, 26, of the 8700 block of South Ridgeland Avenue, was charged with two counts of battery to a police officer after he fled the scene. The officer was struck around 10:45 p.m. near the(…)

Everyday life in ancient times on display

The Oriental Institute’s photo exhibit titled “Our Work: Modern Jobs – Ancient Origins” features Hyde Park residents. The exhibition explores how cultural achievements of the ancient Middle East contributed to much of modern life. It includes artifacts that document the origins or development of professions such as baker, farmer, manicurist, brewer, writer, clock maker or(…)

Burglars strike homes

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park homeowners have been the victims of burglaries in recent weeks. In the handful of reported burglaries, the home was broken into during the day, when people are less likely to be home, and items removed. Two burglaries occurred on June 27, during daytime hours, on the 5200 block(…)

Films to show Black history

Southside Projections, a nonprofit organization, is presenting a series of film screenings throughout Chicago’s South Side. Four of the organization’s screenings will take place at the University of Chicago’s Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., in conjunction with the “AfriCOBRA: Philosophy” exhibition at the Logan Center: “Medium Cool” (Haskell Wexler, 1969, 101(…)

Lab begins keeping bees

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Laboratory School science department recently brought a honey beehive to campus. The school will use the beehive for observation and academic purposes. After kicking around the idea of bringing beehives to the The University of Chicago Laboratory School (Lab School), 1362 E. 59th St., Lab(…)

MSI uses lot work to go green

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Construction on the Museum of Science and Industry’s southwest parking lot began on Monday, July 8. The lot, which is where many school buses drop children off for museum visits, will receive upgrades that will improve safety and sustainability. The Chicago Department of Transportation, the Chicago Park District and(…)

HP Village providing summer social space

Starting July 10, the Hyde Park Village will begin hosting bi-weekly drop-in sessions from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Social Hall at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave., through August. Participants are invited to drop-in at their convenience and stay as long as they like. There is a $5 suggested donation. Activities(…)

Smart features American art

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor The Smart Museum is hosting an exhibit of American art, “The Land Beneath Our Feet,” through Aug. 25. The show, located at 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., will feature around 80 works by 34 artists — including photographer Walker Evans and painter James Abbott McNeill Whistler — spanning the(…)

Choice key to aging well

By ANDREW HOLZMAN I am an 18-year-old rising sophomore at the University of Chicago, and this is the first in my summer series of columns on aging and retirement in Hyde Park. This summer, I am working for two organizations devoted to seniors, as well as continuing my work writing at the Hyde Park Herald.(…)

McMobil threatens our village

To the Editor: Some time ago, upon meeting a young New Yorker, he asked why I had not been to New York in decades. In response to my comment that I don’t like to visit large cities, he then asked me why I live in Chicago, a large city. I told him that I live(…)

Review: “The Liar”

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Where: Writers Theatre, Tudor Court Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe When: through July 28 Tickets: $35-$70 Phone: 847-242-6000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic The production of Pierre Corneille’s “The Liar” at Writers’ Theatre contains the funniest scene I’ve seen this season. It’s a duel between Dorante, the ingratiating pathological liar of the title,(…)

Review: “Yellow Moon”

RECOMMENDED Where: Writers Theatre, Books on Vernon, 664 Vernon Ave., Glencoe When: through Aug 4 Tickets: $35-$60 Phone: 847-242-6000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic David Greig’s “Yellow Moon” offers all the pleasures of a good story told well. And the Writers’ Theatre production, deftly tucked into the postage-stamp of a theater at the back of(…)