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Make Music Chicago returns to HP

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Make Music Chicago will return to Hyde Park for the third time this summer solstice, Saturday, June 21. The annual music festival inviting professional, amateur and spontaneous performers alike to share their music with the public free of charge was first established in Paris, France, in 1982, and first took(…)

Local teachers are awarded

Teacher receives Golden Apple honor at U. of C. Lab Schools, 1362 E. 59th St. Kristin Frank, 5th grade teacher at the University of Chicago Laboratory Lower School, received the Golden Apple Teacher of Distinction Award. In addition to annually naming 10 recipients of the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Golden Apple(…)

Shining art from a dark era

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic The Chicago Symphony Orchestra recently completed its three-week festival entitled “Truth to Power.” The performances are of works written in the 1930s and 1940s and the uniting idea is that though this period of history was fraught with peril “yet in this dark era, Benjamin Britten, Sergei Prokofiev and Dmitri(…)

Review: “Ask Aunt Susan”

SLIGHTLY RECOMMENDED Where: Goodman Theatre, Owen Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. When: through June 22 Tickets: $10-$40 Phone: 312-443-3800 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic   The world premiere of Seth Bockley’s “Ask Aunt Susan” at Goodman Theatre gets off to a promising start but soon spirals into an incomprehensible, nonsensical mess. Loosely based on Nathanael(…)

Review: “Hair”

RECOMMENDED Where: American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron St. When: through June 29 Tickets: $38-$43 Phone: 773-409-4125 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Leave it to American Theater Company artistic director PJ Paparelli to devise an iconoclastic way to present “Hair,” the “American Tribal Love Rock Musical” with a book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James(…)

Hyde Park adds flair to Wright tour

To the Editor:  For the first time in its 40-year history, the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust’s annual housewalk fundraiser included a privately owned Hyde Park building, the Isidore H. Heller House, which Frank Lloyd Wright designed in 1897. The Trust would like to thank the Hyde Park community for welcoming the 1,300 All Wright Architectural(…)

Anyone else worried about our robins?

To the Editor: In the past three months, my observations of the state of nature have brought about a profound sense of alarm and concern about the possible precipitous decline in the population of our beloved avian songster, our once-abundant robins. Very few of them seem to have made it back here this year, I(…)

Frank Lloyd Wright house, twice controversial, now sold

Frank Lloyd Wright house, twice controversial, now sold

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed McArthur House sold recently for $925,000, half a million dollars below its initial asking price. The McArthur House, 4852 S. Kenwood Ave., was bought by a family who intends to restore the home and use it as a private residence, said Louisa McPharlin, a real estate(…)

Beloved principal honored with mural

Beloved principal honored with mural

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park native Desi Mundo, aerosol writer and muralist, created a mural of Hyde Park educator Sara Spurlark and donated it to Ray Elementary School, 5631 S. Kenwood Ave. Mundo is the founder and executive director of Community Rejuvenation Project in Oakland, Calif. He’s also painted several murals around(…)

Kenwood art revealed

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern There’s a new splash of art along Hyde Park Boulevard. A collaboration between Chicago Public Art Group artist Phil Schuster and Kenwood Academy’s art students, a new mural outside the school is part of an initiative to increase the presence of the high school’s art programming. Schuster, a cement(…)

Tomato trade for poetry at the HPAC

Tomato trade for poetry at the HPAC

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Art Center hosted an exchange of free tomato seedlings for poems last week. The impromptu swap was organized by Cream Co., a Bridgeport-based artist collective that was in residence at the Hyde Park Art Center in 2011 and 2012. Since last year, the group has been swapping(…)

Ray Elementary Local School Council abandons task of picking new principal

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ray Elementary Local School Council did not choose a new principal Thursday at its final meeting of the school year. The group is leaving the process up to the incoming members of the council, said LSC chairman Gordon Mayer. The meeting, which took place in the lunchroom at(…)

4th on 53rd returning to Hyde Park, seeks help

4th on 53rd returning to Hyde Park, seeks help

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern Once again this year, in celebration of July 4th, Hyde Parkers in the annual 4th on 53rd Parade will march from Hyde Park Bank to Nichols Park. “It’s just a wonderful thing to do on July 4th,” Stephanie Franklin, president of the Nichols Park Advisory Council and event chair,(…)

Slim chance of Currie contest

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer State representative Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) is one step closer to running unopposed this fall. The Chicago GOP filed its final five of 13 candidates running in this year’s general election on June 2, a list that included no challenger for the 25th District. “We can’t slate anybody after this,”(…)

U. of C. starts on new dorm

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago broke ground on the site of the 800-bed dormitory that will replace Pierce Hall on Friday. The North Campus Dorm will be under construction until September 2016. The Studio Gang designed residence hall and dining commons will house primarily undergraduates. The three buildings will house a(…)

Novelty pizza shop closes

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Homemade Pizza closed its doors suddenly at all of its locations on May 30, including its Hyde Park store at 1546 E. 55th St. The closing was one of more than 20 for Chicago-based Homemade Pizza, which began selling customers pre-made pies to cook at home in 1997. Though the(…)

Review: “The Emperor of Atlantis” and “The Clever One”

Where: Merle Reskin Theatre (60 E. Balbo) When: through Jun. 8 Tickets: 312-704-8414 In 1943 two men living under the Nazis completed one-act works of musical theater. One of them died in Auschwitz, the other lived in comfort for almost another 40 years. Chicago Opera Theater is presenting these two pieces in four performances at(…)

Review: “Truth to Power”

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Where: Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan When: through Jun. 8 Tickets: 312-294-3000 The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is in the midst of its three week festival entitled “Truth to Power.” The performances are of works written in the 30s and 40s and the uniting idea is that though this period(…)

Review: “Henry V”

RECOMMENDED Where: Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Navy Pier When: through June 15 Tickets: $48-$88 Phone: 312-595-5600 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic   I’ve always had a special affection for “Henry V.” That may be because it was one of the first Shakespeare plays I studied in school. Or because the lessons about integrity and good and(…)

Anastaplo remembered

A memorial service for longtime Hyde Park resident George Anastaplo will be held at Bond Chapel, on the University of Chicago campus at 4 p.m. on Friday, June 6. Anastaplo died Feb. 14, 2014 at the age of 88, and is survived by his wife of 65 years, Sara Prince Anastaplo, four children and eight(…)