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Science fiction author Nnedi Okorafor visiting Blackstone Library tonight

Science fiction author Nnedi Okorafor visiting Blackstone Library tonight

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Science fiction author Nnedi Okorafor will present the next Despres Memorial Family Lecture at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Blackstone Ave. Okarafor will read from her latest novel “Who Fears Death,” and short story collection, “Kabu Kabu,” at the event, which is being hosted by Friends of(…)

Hyde Park School of Dance names new executive director

Hyde Park School of Dance names new executive director

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Terra Schultz has been named executive director of the Hyde Park School of Dance. She replaced Mariam Thiam, who served as executive director from 2011 to 2013. Schultz is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, with degrees in theater and communications. Prior to returning to the Hyde(…)

Hyde Park School of Dance preparing for “The Nightengale”

Hyde Park School of Dance preparing for “The Nightengale”

By JENNET POSEY Herald Intern The Hyde Park School of Dance (HPSD) will present an original production of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Nightingale” at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 15 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 16 at the Logan Center, 915 E. 60th St. The ballet performance by HPSD, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave.,(…)

Murray Elementary local school council statement on testing

Murray Elementary local school council statement on testing

Note from the local school council: The following resolution was approved at the Murray Language Academy LSC meeting on Feb. 19, 2014 by a 9-0 vote with one absence and the principal abstaining. For further information about the Murray LSC resolution please contact Secretary Michael J. Scott at mjscottuic@gmail.com or 773-957-6953. Further information about the(…)

Kenwood Broncos defeat rivals U-High Maroons with 60-foot buzzer-beater

Kenwood Broncos defeat rivals U-High Maroons with 60-foot buzzer-beater

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Hyde Park Herald On Thursday night at Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., 6-foot-2 shooting guard Xavier Edwards would drain one of the most remarkable shots of his career and maybe school history. Edwards would haul a 60-foot, half-court buzzer-beater shot to defeat neighborhood basketball rivals the U-High Maroons in a 60-58(…)

Chicago Innovation Exchange awarded $275K

Chicago Innovation Exchange awarded $275K

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Chicago Innovation Exchange, a business incubator housed inside Harper Court, awarded $275,000 to its inaugural class of students. The CIE is the University of Chicago’s space for business and technological development. It currently occupies space on the 11th floor of Harper Court, but when fully operational will also occupy(…)

Editorial: Support Murray’s stand on testing

Murray Language Academy’s local school council is officially putting Chicago Public Schools on notice that it is tired of students and teachers being put through the ringer for the sake of a battery of standardized tests of questionable value. Their opposition comes in the form of a resolution, so it is hardly earth shattering, but(…)

A protest against the CAC election

To the Editor: A Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council (HP-K CAC) election recall is requested. Wednesday, Feb. 19, the HP-K CAC elections were held at Kenwood Academy for two co-chairs and two secretaries with three candidates each, but I contest the HP-K CAC elections. I was one of three candidates who ran for co-chair of the(…)

Community Action Council official in Hyde Park

Community Action Council official in Hyde Park

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park-Kenwood has an official Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Community Action Council (CAC). Four of the group’s board members were voted in during its Wednesday night meeting and are drafting a four-point list of neighborhood school needs for the CPS board. Denise Hill, mother of two at Ray and(…)

Hyde Park Historical Society to host author Frances McNamara

Hyde Park Historical Society to host author Frances McNamara

Mystery novelist Frances McNamara will discuss her work from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 2, at the Hyde Park Historical Society, 5529 S. Lake Park Ave. McNamara is the author of several Chicago whodunit tales, including “Death and Hull House” — which takes place at 19th century social worker Jane Addams’ famed(…)

Murray Elementary local school council condemns standardized testing in new resolution

Murray Elementary local school council condemns standardized testing in new resolution

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Murray Elementary School local school council has released a resolution showing its support of a national campaign that is seeking to put an end to the way standardized tests are used. Murray, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave., adopted the resolution from Time Out From Testing (TOFT), a national campaign(…)

Review: “Ain’t Misbehavin’”

RECOMMENDED Where: Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. When: through March 9 Tickets: $43.50 Phone: 773-327-5252 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Porchlight Music Theatre is cannily celebrating Black History Month with Murray Horwitz and Richard Maltby, Jr.’s “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” the 1978 smash musical revue devoted to Thomas Wright “Fats” Waller, the(…)

Institute of Politics’ Darren Reisberg joins Illinois Task Force on Civic Education

U. of C. Institute of Politics Executive Director Darren Reisberg has been appointed to Illinois’ Task Force on Civic Education. Reisberg met for the first time last Friday with the 13-member task force, assigned to examine civic education in Illinois and present recommendations to the General Assembly. The task force was created last spring after(…)

Tickets to watch campus Republican gubernatorial forum available today

Tickets will be available starting at noon today for a Republican gubernatorial forum taking place on the U. of C. campus at 6 p.m. next Tuesday, March 4. The 60-minute event moderated by NBC 5 political editor Carol Marin will feature Dan Rutherford, Kirk Dillard, Bill Brady and front-runner Bruce Rauner, followed by a half-hour(…)

Former Congressman Mel Reynolds in trouble again

Former Illinois 2nd Congressional District U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds was deported from Zimbabwe last Sunday, after pleading guilty Friday to a visa violation but being dismissed on charges of pornography possession. Reynolds was arrested in Zimbabwe’s capital city Harare last Monday. The disgraced ex-Congressman and onetime Rhodes Scholar – who resigned on the heels of(…)

Executive director named for University of Chicago Delhi campus

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago named Bharath Visweswariah, a business and management consultant in India, as the executive director of the university’s Center in Delhi earlier this month. The center is expected to open in March. Visweswariah will create and oversee administrative functions, staffing the center and implementing a strategic plan(…)

Review: “Gypsy”

RECOMMENDED Where: Chicago Shakespeare Theater Courtyard Theater, Navy Pier When: through March 23 Tickets: $45-$88 Phone: 312-595-5600 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic In most of the productions of “Gypsy” I’ve seen, Mama Rose is the iconic stage mother from hell relentlessly pushing her daughters to succeed in show business out of her own failed ambition. But(…)

Little Black Pearl Art and Design Academy to host open house Wednesday

Little Black Pearl Art and Design Academy to host open house Wednesday

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Little Black Pearl shed its alternative high school partnership with Youth Connections Charter School and opened a public high school through Chicago Public Schools (CPS). The school is hosting an open house Wednesday. Little Black Pearl, an art and design center for youth, 1060 E. 47th St., launched The(…)

Part Four: Leading to land clearance, 55th Street and Lake Avenue

Part Four: Leading to land clearance, 55th Street and Lake Avenue

By SUSAN O’CONNOR DAVIS From a 21st century vantage point, it seems the standard that urban renewal planners relied on for the clearance area near Lake Avenue and 55th Street was not urban, but based on the midcentury suburbs that drew city dwellers away from communities like Hyde Park. During the urban renewal period, planners(…)