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Chicago Innovation Exchange opens flagship workspace on 53rd Street

Chicago Innovation Exchange opens flagship workspace on 53rd Street

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago’s tech incubator opened Thursday at an event attended by some of Illinois’ top politicos and business leaders. The Chicago Innovation Exchange, 1452 E. 53rd St., is the newest addition to the shopping corridor. Once completed the CIE will bring 300 employees working for 20 to 30(…)

South Side Pie Challenge calling on more locals to vie for top pie

South Side Pie Challenge calling on more locals to vie for top pie

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The South Side Pie Challenge (SSPC) is Nov. 8 at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave. from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Julie Vassilatos, organizer of SSPC, said this is the third year of the competition. She is hoping that there is a balanced turnout this(…)

Chicago Humanities Festival returning to Hyde Park this Sunday

The Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF) will return to Hyde Park for the eighth year this Sunday, Oct. 26. Twelve events will take place, beginning at 11 a.m. and ending at 7 p.m., at the Logan Center, 915 E. 60th St., with topics ranging from Hannah Arendt’s work to J. Edgar Hoover’s surveillance of African American(…)

Rainbow PUSH to host urban education summit at Kenwood headquarters

The Rainbow PUSH Coalition in partnership with the Journey for Justice Alliance is hosting a National Summit on Urban Education on Oct. 28. Rainbow PUSH has partnered with the Journey for Justice Alliance, a national collaboration of 36 community organizations in 23 cities across the United States that are advocating for community- centered education justice.(…)

South Shore Opera’s “La Traviata” stumbles

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic The beautiful and gleaming Paul Robeson Theater at the South Shore Cultural Center was the locus of a worthy but frustratingly awkward attempt Saturday night at staging a truncated version of Verdi’s “La Traviata.” An audience of just under 150 took in a performance that was part concert, part(…)

Review: “Smokefall”

Review: “Smokefall”

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Where: Goodman Theatre, Albert Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. When: through Oct. 26 Tickets: $25-$81 Phone: 312-443-3800 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Plenty of contemporary plays are thought-provoking, but Noah Haidle’s “Smokefall” is that rare work that actually makes you feel the love, loss and mystery of life that are the subjects of(…)

University of Chicago offering disaster-prep seminars for local leaders

University of Chicago offering disaster-prep seminars for local leaders

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago is offering a seminar for leaders and elected officials to help them prepare for unforeseen disasters. “Leading Through Crisis” launched on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at the Harris School of Public Policy. Toni Preckwinkle, president of the Cook County Board, and Daniel Diermeier, dean of the Harris(…)

Kozminski Elementary library to gain $1000 in books with new grant

Kozminski Elementary library to gain $1000 in books with new grant

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference is giving Kozminski Elementary School a $1,000 grant to purchase new books for its library. Like many other public schools, the library at Kozminski, 936 E. 54th St., has had challenges securing the funding needed to maintain its library. Vicki Long, member of the(…)

Hyde Park Community Players start season with a scare

Hyde Park Community Players start season with a scare

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Community Players will be kicking off its next season with their fifth annual Halloween-season radio show, “An Evening of Horror and Suspense in the Old Time Radio Tradition.” This year’s show will feature five stories told with sound effects and interspersed with mock commercials offering comic relief,(…)

Hyde Park eatery Wok N Roll closes silently

Hyde Park eatery Wok N Roll closes silently

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Wok N Roll has closed and is moving, according to new signage at the Chinese restaurant at 1408 E. 53rd St. “Sorry we are closed, new location coming soon. – WR,” reads a sign currently posted on the restaurant’s door. When and where the restaurant will be moving was not(…)

Logan Center to host 31st Annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The University of Chicago’s Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts will be one of the screening venues for the 31st Annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival. This year the festival will screen 290 children’s films from almost 40 countries at venues including the Logan Center, 915 E.(…)

Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference proposes increased funding for parks

Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference proposes increased funding for parks

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference’s (HP-K CC) proposed 2014-2015 budget would boost funding for area parks, a favorite item for the decades-old neighborhood group. HP-K CC will vote on the budget at its next meeting in November. If approved, $700 will be given to the group’s Parks Committee, which will(…)

Taking a closer look at the University of Chicago Police

To the Editor: I read with great interest the Hyde Park Herald article on Oct 2, “Violent Crime in Hyde Park is Steady Decline.” The reporter lists several statistics gathered from the Chicago Police Department. She also noted that while the University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) was granted full policing powers, statistics regarding their(…)

Daring Danes Deliver

Daring Danes Deliver

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic University of Chicago presents kicked off its 2014-15 season with a remarkable performance at Mandel Hall by the Danish String Quartet. Violinists Frederik Øland and Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen, violist Asbjørn Nørgaard and cellist Fredrik Schøyen Sjölin were thrilling in performances of works by Haydn, Schubert and Thomas Agerfeldt Olesen.(…)

Local yoga studio to host seasonal clothing exchange

The 11th seasonal clothing exchange at Chaturanga Holistic Fitness, 1525 E. 55th St., third floor, returns this weekend. The event takes place Saturday, Oct. 18, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Clean clothing in good shape can be donated in advance. Any clothing that remains at the end of the exchange will be donated to(…)

Pathfinders Toastmasters Club to host open house

The Pathfinders Toastmasters Club will host an open house to give potential new members an idea of what the organization is about. Guests will learn public speaking skills through impromptu one or two minute speeches. Register in advance at pathfindersclub.eventbrite.com or call 773-888-2734.

Strauss’s “Capriccio” shines

Strauss’s “Capriccio” shines

RECOMMENDED Where: Lyric Opera, 20 N. Wacker Drive When: through Oct. 28 Phone: 312-332-2244 By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Lyric Opera of Chicago is now offering a lavish and lovely production of the final opera by Richard Strauss. “Capriccio,” which is centered around a debate on the relative importance of words or music in(…)

Review: “A Kurt Weill Cabaret”

Review: “A Kurt Weill Cabaret”

RECOMMENDED Where: Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at the No Exit Cafe, 6970 N. Glenwood Ave. When: through Oct. 19 Tickets: $25-$29 Phone: 800-595-4849 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Kudos to Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre for having the moxie to include the entire “Mahagonny Songspiel” in “A Kurt Weill Cabaret.” The evening also benefits from the(…)

Review: “The Game’s Afoot”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace When: through Oct. 19 Tickets: $40-$50 Phone: 630-530-0111 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic If you’re a fan of mystery-thriller send-ups full of slapstick and sight gags, you’ll have a good time at Drury Lane Theatre’s production of Ken Ludwig’s “The Game’s Afoot.” The play(…)