Monthly Archives: August 2013

Review: An evening of unworldly music

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Schubert’s stirring Mass in E-flat Major was the major work on the Grant Park Music Festival’s program Saturday night. Artistic director and principal conductor Carlos Kalmar presided over a large force: full orchestra, big chorus and five soloists. The results were splendid. Kalmar found all the majesty and glory(…)

DuSable Museum celebrates Black marriage

Aug. 17 from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., will be celebrating Black marriages with “Jumpin’ The Broom!” The event will showcase Chicago steppin’ demonstrations, instruction and interactive dancing. Movies in the Parks will present the 2011 film, “Jumping The Broom!” at 8:30 p.m. For(…)

Hyde Park Bank holding school drive

Hyde Park Bank is holding a school-supply drive until August 24th. Donors can bring colored pencils, spiral notebooks, dictionaries and other supplies to Hyde Park Bank locations, and will be entered into a raffle with a $50 Target gift card prize.

MAPSCorps to present work

MAPSCorps, an eight-week science and community service summer internship program, will be hosting its final presentation on Thursday August 15, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Ida Noyes Hall Cloister Club, 1212 East 59th St. The University of Chicago undergraduates involved in the program will be presenting their experiences working with the community’s high school(…)

University to discuss new building at meeting

The University of Chicago will host a community meeting to discuss the North Campus Residence Hall and Dining Commons, the dorm replacing Pierce Hall. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, at the Chicago Booth School of Business, room C25, 5807 S. Woodlawn Ave. The new residence hall will be three(…)

HPHS stories program draws 70

The Hyde Park Historical Society’s annual stories event brought in over 70 participants this year. The event invites Hyde Parkers to share memories and sometimes mementos, and this year focused on the history and legacy of urban renewal. “Hyde Park Kenwood Stories” is a program of the society’s oral history committee, which conducts interviews with(…)

Family bonds through struggles

Family bonds through struggles

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern One Hyde Park infant got his fill of attention this week — from camera crews and newspaper reporters. 16-month-old Max Allender, born prematurely and kept in hospitals for most of his life, had his first outing to a park Friday. Max’s mother, Jessica Allender, sent out a press release which(…)

Chaturanga extends its reach

Chaturanga extends its reach

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern Hyde Park’s Chaturanga Holistic Fitness, 1525 E. 55th St., hopes to bring yoga to new frontiers. The yoga business has just completed a series of six free classes in Washington Park’s Arts Incubator, 301 E. Garfield Blvd. Romonda Bumpus, program director at Chaturanga Seeds, the offshoot which developed the series(…)

Seniors and the Internet

By ANDREW HOLZMAN This week’s Senior Scene is going to be a risk taker. I’m going to head into territory covered with potential clichés like a mine field, a topic so overplayed that it has become the “Pachelbel’s Cannon” of discussions about aging: using the Internet. There are actually two aspects to a discussion about(…)

Review: “Simpatico”

RECOMMENDED Where: A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells St. When: through September 15 Tickets: $30-$40 Phone: 312-943-8722 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Of all the familiar Sam Shepard themes that resonate in his 1994 “Simpatico,” none is more potent than the inevitability that a past filled with secrets will poison the present, resulting in(…)

New book sheds light on Hyde Park homes

New book sheds light on Hyde Park homes

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer In Hyde Park, the only subject people discuss with more enthusiasm than its notable residents is its architectural heritage. From stately mansions to sleek modern designs, they are a reflection of the diversity of the residents in the neighborhood. In her book “Chicago’s Historic Hyde Park,” Susan O’Connor Davis(…)

K.A.M. leadership transition

K.A.M. leadership transition

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer K.A.M. Isaiah Israel has been shuffling its leaders around in recent months. Rabbi Frederick Reeves came to K.A.M. II in July from The Temple in Atlanta, Ga., where he served as Associate Rabbi for eight years. His move came on the heels of Robert Nevel assuming leadership of the board(…)

University to hold civic engagement meeting

The University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement will host regular conversations with its neighbors through as series of public forums. The first neighborhood conversation, for Hyde Park residents, will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Nichols Park Fieldhouse, 1355 E. 53rd St. The university said, in a press release, that it wants(…)

Bird crisis in Nichols Park

To the Editor: I have noticed with great alarm that there is a deadening silence in Nichols Park in the early morning and early evening when we should be hearing the cacophony of bird songs — sparrows, robins, cardinals, crows, occasional mourning doves — silence except for the shrill of dive-bombing Coopers Hawks. They swoop(…)

Editorial is backward-looking

To the Editor: It’s sad that your great idea for the future of 53rd is just to limit the height of the buildings lining the street. I will readily agree that the late 1940s and early 1950s were, as many people remember, an idealistic time in Hyde Park’s history. You have told Hyde Parkers that(…)

Ingleside Hall merited preservation

To the Editor: In the interests of accuracy, the final phrase of your article (Ingleside Hall demolition, 8/7/13) which now reads, “… the building (is) too altered to be considered for preservation” might have better read, “Given the significant alterations, it’s doubtful the building would qualify for designation as an official Chicago Landmark.” But given(…)

St. Paul connects gardens, youth

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The congregation of St. Paul and the Redeemer Church spent Sunday afternoon celebrating the culmination of its summer camp in a garden that children in the Hyde Park area helped cultivate. The food garden was built in 2012 with support from KAM Isaiah Israel’s congregation through a grant from(…)

Locals detail solutions for CPS

Locals detail solutions for CPS

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools presented its 10-Year Educational Facilities Master Plan to community members on a recent Thursday evening at a meeting hosted by Hyde Park Community Area Residents Empowering Schools (HPCARES). CPS officials will meet with several community groups citywide to present the 10-year plan, which is required by(…)

“Aida” shines at Ravinia

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic The stars twinkled above Ravinia Park on Saturday. The pavilion stage was also full of stars, as James Conlon led the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and a marvelous collection of soloists in a concert performance of Verdi’s “Aida.” Soprano Latonia Moore made her Ravinia debut, singing the title role with(…)

World’s fair subject of Regenstein exhibit

The University of Chicago Library Special Collections Research Center began displaying souvenirs from both the 1983 Chicago World’s Fair and the 1933 Century of Progress International Exposition last week. The items will be on display through Oct. 5 in the exhibition gallery, 1100 E. 57th St. The collection, and its web-based companion exhibit, is based(…)