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Locals make TV show in Hyde Park

Locals make TV show in Hyde Park

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park residents and husband and wife Irami and Bonnie Osei-Frimpong, founders of Another Chance Productions, are using several locations in Hyde Park to film their first pilot “Disciples.” “Disciples,” which is a political drama set in a Midwestern Protestant church, and centers around Michelle Lee, a young pastor struggling to find(…)

Review: “Othello”

RECOMMENDED Where: The Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee Ave. When: through August 24 Tickets: $20-$35 Phone: 773-285-7071 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Othello” at The Gift Theatre represents a few firsts: the first time the 13-year-old company has presented a play by Shakespeare, the first time director Jonathan Berry has tackled the Bard, and my(…)

Disney is staying on a bit

The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) is extending its Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives exhibit.  The exhibit will remain on display through Jan. 4. From Mickey Mouse to Captain Jack Sparrow, the exhibition features more than 300 artifacts from nine decades of Disney’s rich history—including props; costumes; memorabilia; and artwork from classic Disney(…)

New fellows at Institute of Politics

The University of Chicago Institute of Politics has announced its roster of fall 2014 fellows. The group’s five members will host public seminars during the U. of C.’s fall quarter at the institute, 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave. They are: Eliseo Medina, former Secretary-Treasurer for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU); Megan McArdle, a columnist for(…)

Ethics probe targets Bobby Rush

The House Ethics Committee announced Friday that it is investigating 11-term Congressman Bobby Rush (D-2). The panel has not shared any specific details on the investigation, which was sparked by an Office of Congressional Ethics probe into the lawmaker. The panel has said it will announce its action on Nov. 10. Last December, the Chicago(…)

A local butterfly, long considered common, is center stage

A local butterfly, long considered common, is center stage

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer One University of Chicago research team is spending its summer catching small butterflies in the neighborhood. Hyde Parkers might see Marcus Kronforst, a professor in the department of Ecology and Evolution, frantically swinging a butterfly net out on Midway Plaisance or in community gardens. The team is catching the white(…)

Local institutions joining forces for South Side museum campus

Local institutions joining forces for South Side museum campus

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer A group of cultural institutions on the South Side have launched a campaign to bring more tourists and local visitors here. Declaring August “Museum Month,” six South Side institutions — including the Museum of Science and Industry, DuSable Museum of African American History, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House, Oriental(…)

City to share files on alleged police misconduct with local reporter, public

City to share files on alleged police misconduct with local reporter, public

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A local reporter has wrested an agreement by the city to make investigations into complaints against Chicago Police Department public. On July 11, the city said it would not pursue to appeal a March decision by the Illinois Appellate Court in Kalven v. City of Chicago to make public two(…)

Music venue Promontory finally opens in Hyde Park, reveals lineup

Music venue Promontory finally opens in Hyde Park, reveals lineup

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Promontory is Hyde Park’s newest place for dinner and live music. The Promontory, 1539 E. 53rd St., had a soft opening Monday, July 21. The restaurant has been a long time in the making. Two years passed between when Empty Bottle owner Bruce Finkelman first walked into the vacated Borders(…)

A good deed recounted

To the Editor: Neighborliness and good deeds did not pass away with your great-grandmother. They still exist, right here in Hyde Park. On Monday, July 21, a day of oppressive heat and humidity and terrible air quality, a delightful young woman named Sharon Carver looked up from her desk and noticed a senior citizen out(…)

Vanishing promises made to the poor of our ward

By JAY TRAVIS The commitment by the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) and local elected officials to ensure one-third of the housing units demolished under the Plan for Transformation is replaced for former public housing residents, and the development of an additional one-third of housing units for working families that need affordable housing on publicly-owned CHA(…)

New group fighting gun violence in South Side wards

New group fighting gun violence in South Side wards

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern A new gun violence prevention group, The It’s Time Organization (TITO), held its first fundraiser last Wednesday evening, July 23, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hyatt Place, 5225 S. Harper Ave. TITO plans to support established violence prevention programs through partnering and investing, focusing on the 3rd, 4th(…)

Lots of parking in Hyde Park, but most of it private: study

Lots of parking in Hyde Park, but most of it private: study

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park has plenty of parking, it’s just not publicly accessible. That was what a study, commissioned by the South East Chicago Commission and carried out by T. Y. Lin International, found. Jim Considine, chief planner with T. Y. Lin International, presented the results at the 53rd Street Tax Increment(…)

New executive director at Neighborhood Club

New executive director at Neighborhood Club

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Sarah Diwan has been named the new executive director of the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club. Outgoing executive director Jennifer Bosch recommended Diwan for the promotion. Diwan was the director of Early Childhood Programs at Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC), 5480 S. Kenwood Ave., before she assumed the role of(…)

Hyde Park Art Center turned over to students

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern The Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC), 5020 S. Cornell Ave., will hold a reception for a student-curated exhibit on Saturday, Aug. 2, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit’s theme, “Mind the Gap,” explores spaces between objects and people. Nine students from the Curatorial Practices course, part of(…)

Kenwood Academic Center to move into Canter Middle School

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Kenwood High School Academic Center will move into the recently vacated Canter building in the 2015-2016 school year, according to Ald. Will Burns (4th). Burns released a statement July 22 stating that Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CEO of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Barbara Byrd Bennett met with Kenwood(…)

Program serves local, adventuresome youth

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern In an effort to develop new teaching methods, an initiative of the University of Chicago (U. of C.) is hosting more than 70 teenagers from local high schools for a free summer gaming program, titled “Project S.E.E.D.,” through Aug. 7. Project S.E.E.D., which stands for Story Engineering and Enabling(…)

Fun and frolic at the “Ball at the Savoy”

Fun and frolic at the “Ball at the Savoy”

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Paul Abraham’s “Ball at the Savoy” (original German title: “Ball im Savoy”) is a frisky, frothy concoction jam-packed with soaring melodies, uproarious ditties, grand dance numbers and lots of wholesome fun. Chicago Folks Operetta’s American premiere is a splendid way to spend a summer evening; you’re likely to come(…)

Review: “This Is Our Youth”

RECOMMENDED Where: Steppenwolf Upstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. When: through July 27 Tickets: $20-482 Phone: 312-335-1650 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic I’ve been working on thinking of Kenneth Lonergan’s “This Is Our Youth” as Chekhov for the slacker generation. This isn’t as farfetched as it may seem. Like Chekhov, Lonergan exposes the existential angst(…)

Review: “The Dance of Death”

RECOMMENDED Where: Writers Theatre, Books on Vernon, 664 Vernon Ave., Glencoe When: through Aug. 3 Tickets: $35-$70 Phone: 847-242-6000 The three characters in August Strindberg’s 1900 “The Dance of Death” are nasty pieces of work—and that’s putting it mildly. Factor in the new version by Irish playwright Conor McPherson, Henry Wishcamper’s direction, a trio of(…)