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At a Hyde Park framing shop, local artists get a chance to show their work

At a Hyde Park framing shop, local artists get a chance to show their work

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Hyde Park framing shop The Great Frame Up has revived its longtime tradition of highlighting the work of local artists. Last June — after a hiatus of several years from showcasing local art — the shop at 1418 E. 53rd St. re-established its Artist of the Month program. The program(…)

New DuSable Museum exhibit examines transatlantic slave trade

New DuSable Museum exhibit examines transatlantic slave trade

“Spirits of the Passage: The Story of the Transatlantic Slave Trade” is a new exhibit that will open at the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th St., on Sept. 19 and run through Jan. 4. “Spirits of the Passage,” which is the first exhibition of its kind to examine the entire history(…)

Matthias Merges’ Yusho to open next Saturday

Matthias Merges’ Yusho to open next Saturday

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Chef Matthias Merges plans to open his second Hyde Park restaurant, Yusho, on Saturday, Sept. 13. The opening of the Japanese-inspired restaurant will come on the heels of a prix fixe four-course tasting of its offerings at Merges’ other Hyde Park restaurant, A10, 1462 E. 53rd St. The menu at(…)

53rd Street trolley would be popular, survey suggests

53rd Street trolley would be popular, survey suggests

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Parkers really like the idea of a free trolley they can take through the shopping corridor along 53rd Street. A trolley would help, in theory, to alleviate traffic congestion and help move shoppers from one end of the business corridor to the other. It would be funded by the(…)

Hyde Park Art Center asks what it means to be in the middle

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A new exhibit, “The Chicago Effect: Redefining the Middle,” opened recently at the Hyde Park Art Center, 5520 S. Cornell Ave., featuring around 20 works by 10 artists exploring the concept of the middle, as its name suggests. “This idea came about on the occasion of this year, which is(…)

U. of C. reveals trauma discussion underway

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Medical Center president Sharon O’Keefe told a state review board that it is in talks with other area medical providers about the South Side’s trauma care needs. At a Wednesday hearing of the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board, O’Keefe was asked to comment on(…)

Local leaders leave Chicago for Wyoming

Hyde Park pastor Larry Turpin and education activist Julie Woestehoff have moved to Wyoming Woestehoff had been executive director of Parents United for Responsible Education since 1995. The group, which played a key role in fighting for the School Reform Act of 1998, which established local school councils, has been a fierce critic of charter(…)

U. of C. in trauma care talks with South Side providers

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Medical Center president Sharon O’Keefe told a state review board that it is in talks with other area medical providers about the South Side’s trauma care needs. At a Wednesday hearing of the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board, O’Keefe was asked to comment on(…)

St. Thomas gives technology lab facelift

St. Thomas gives technology lab facelift

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer St. Thomas the Apostle successfully completed its Race for Education fundraiser. Proceeds and donations from the event contributed to a complete upgrade of the school’s technology lab. The Race for Education is one of the primary fundraisers at St. Thomas, 5467 S. Woodlawn Ave., which uses money raised through(…)

Kenwood High School student played for Jackie Robinson West team

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School student Brandon Green is one of eight Chicago Public School students who played this season for the Jackie Robinson West (JRW) Little League baseball team. The team made it to the championship game of the Little League World Series, where they lost to South Korea.(…)

Hyde Park Kiwanis may call it quits

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Kiwanis Club may be in the final weeks of its 88-year life as a local institution. Kiwanis treasurer Jon Will e-mailed a statement to chapter members on Aug. 18 alerting them that a Sept. 2 meeting would be convened to vote on whether to disband. Will said(…)

Kenwood students study Woodlawn neighborhood as part of U. of C. program

Kenwood Academy High School students Jessica Redmond James, Atlantis George and Banu Newell participated in the Woodlawn Urban Observatory program created by the University of Chicago’s Arts|Science Initiative, a six-week program that allowed the students to use art and scientific disciplines to determine what makes a neighborhood. “Often times visual art, science and social science(…)

More Mozart memories from Ravinia

More Mozart memories from Ravinia

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Along with two performances of “Don Giovanni” (discussed in these pages last week), also on the Ravinia Festival program this year were two performances of “The Marriage of Figaro.” Mozart was well represented by a handsome group of singers this summer. There was a sturdy Figaro in bass-baritone John(…)

Review: “On the Town”

RECOMMENDED Where: The Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire When: through Oct. 12 Tickets: $40-$48 Phone: 847-634-0200 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic If you’re familiar with “On the Town,” it’s probably because you’ve seen the 1949 MGM movie about a trio of World War II sailors’ day off in New York City starring Gene Kelly(…)

African Festival of the Arts coming to Washington Park this weekend

The 25th annual African Festival of the Arts will take place this weekend, Friday, Aug. 29 through Monday, Sept. 1, in Washington Park. The festival will feature two stages showcasing around 60 performances by poets, dancers and musicians spanning genres from world music to hip hop, as well as a fashion show and dance lessons.(…)

Court Theatre to celebrate 60 years

The Court Theater will celebrate its 60th anniversary with subscribers on Monday, Sept. 15, at Hutchinson Courtyard, 5706 S. University Ave. The event will feature a 6 p.m. buffet and open bar, 7:30 p.m. performances and conversations at Mandell Hall and an 8:30 p.m. champagne toast and dessert. Participants must R.S.V.P. by Aug. 31, and(…)

DuSable Museum hosting family event on financial literacy

The DuSable Museum of African American History is hosting “Kids Count!” a back to school student and family event from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 30. The event, which will take place at DuSable, 740 E. 56th Pl., will focus on financial literacy. Families will have the opportunity to open student checking or savings(…)

Open Produce partnering with Silicon Valley upstart to offer deliveries

Open Produce partnering with Silicon Valley upstart to offer deliveries

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Open Produce, 1635 E. 55th St., became the first Hyde Park — and South Side —grocer to sign on with online shopping upstart Instacart last week. San Francisco-based Instacart — which raised almost $450 million in investments earlier this summer — currently hires personal shoppers in 11 cities to pick(…)