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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(…)

Kenwood student with budding clothing line accepted into prestigious design program

Kenwood student with budding clothing line accepted into prestigious design program

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School student Malik Coleman has been making waves with his new clothing line Fashion And Money/Family Always Matters (FAM). The sophomore’s creative efforts have also obtained him a spot in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s College Arts Access Program (CAAP). Coleman said he(…)

Hyde Park Historical Society and Hyde Park Art Center team up for panel discussion

Hyde Park Historical Society and Hyde Park Art Center team up for panel discussion

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Historical Society (HPHS) will lead a panel discussion on the history of the Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC) this weekend. The talk, entitled “Where It All Began: The History of the Hyde Park Art Center,” will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct.(…)

Mixed messages on 53rd from U. of C.

To the Editor: Herald readers who do not also follow Crain’s may have missed last week’s profile of the University of Chicago’s Jim Hennessy (Oct. 2, “Hyde Park’s real estate catalyst”). According to the article, Mr. Hennessy “believes the market still is too soft to support a lot (of residential housing)” and he admits that the(…)

Look to the past to understand events

To the Editor: This is in response to Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul’s article, “Jackson Park bid winner picked” (Hyde Park Herald, October 8 2014, p. 6), which I believe is presenting important information and deserves the attention of Hyde Park residents. The article indicates that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has just awarded a contract for(…)

Indian film exploring Obama’s influence to make U.S. debut at Doc Films

Indian film exploring Obama’s influence to make U.S. debut at Doc Films

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The U.S. premiere of “Om Obama” will take place at 3 p.m. on Oct. 25 at Doc Films at the University of Chicago in Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St. The screening will be followed by Q and A session with director Janaki Vishwanathan. “Om Obama” is a(…)

Non-profit HotHouse arts festival coming to Hyde Park this weekend

Non-profit HotHouse arts festival coming to Hyde Park this weekend

The HotHouse will launch its “Old and New Dreams Festival” at the Promontory this weekend. HotHouse, a nonprofit arts organization, will culminate its yearlong celebration series with the “Old and New Dreams Festival,” a three-day arts festival that will take place at the Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave., on Oct. 17 through Oct. 19(…)

U. of C. Lab High School newspaper continues award streak

U. of C. Lab High School newspaper continues award streak

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Laboratory High School’s student paper, the U-High Midway, recently received the All American rating from the National Scholastic Press Association. This is the 49th consecutive year the student paper has received the honor. National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) is a nonprofit membership organization exclusively for(…)