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Jewish school growing, focusing on latest teaching strategies

Jewish school growing, focusing on latest teaching strategies

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern A Hyde Park-based Jewish after-school and Sunday School program will host workshops for Jewish educators from around the country next month. “Having spent three years working on the tools and strategies for our education approach, we’re ready to start sharing it more broadly,” said Rabbi Rebecca Milder, founder of(…)

Music on the Midway Plaisance

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Today I catch up by reporting on two recent events for which there was insufficient space at the time I heard them to review them immediately. They each happened just off Hyde Park’s Midway Plaisance, but in two very different venues. First, I was tempted to visit the Performance(…)

“Death and the Maiden”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. When: through July 20 Tickets: $40 and up Phone: 773-871-3000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic What would you do if you were abducted, raped and tortured, suffered 15 years of mental anguish as a result of the trauma, then overheard the man you were convinced(…)

Signs for trucks are routinely ignored

To the Editor: The signs up at Hyde Park Boulevard and Kimbark Avenue really do not mean anything. The city of Chicago put up a sign that says no trucks over five tons are allowed — however the Budweiser delivery, Miller Light delivery and paper and produce trucks, along with RFS and several other heavy(…)

Hyde Park does not need to be branded

To the Editor: I was unsure whether to laugh or cry at the news that the new Special Service Area No. 61 is “working on branding the neighborhood,” and that the South East Chicago Commission has already met with two branding companies “whose names could not be disclosed” (the reason for this secrecy was not(…)

Encore thrift is a Hyde Park gem

To the Editor: One fine day in April of 2013, I was strolling to the lakefront to feed the birds and I happened to see a thrift shop on East Hyde Park under the viaduct of the Metra train on the right hand side of the street. The address was 1553 E. Hyde Park Blvd.(…)

Logan Center to host storytellers

The Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., will host ASE: The Chicago Association of Black Storytellers as part of their “Logan Center Family Saturdays” series from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 12, in the Performance Penthouse. Following the performance, the Logan Center offers free arts and crafts activities. Tickets(…)

Blackstone Library celebrates 75th anniversary of children’s space

Blackstone Library celebrates 75th anniversary of children’s space

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Children’s Library annex of the Chicago Public Library Blackstone Branch celebrated its 75th anniversary June 28 in conjunction with the library’s 110th anniversary celebration. Ald. Will Burns (4th) celebrated with the Children’s annex by reading stories to the children in attendance and inviting them to help him cut(…)

A puzzle for bookstores

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern Two neighborhood bookstores, 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th St., and the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., will participate in Chicago’s first Independent Bookstore Day, Saturday, July 12. Independent Bookstore Day encourages readers to shop locally and to explore stores around Chicago. Nine stores across the city(…)

Harper Theater begins selling alcohol

Harper Theater begins selling alcohol

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern Harper Theater, 5238 S. Harper Ave., began selling alcohol two weeks ago, after receiving their liquor license. The theater has been working to obtain a liquor license since it opened a year and a half ago. Now equipped with beer on tap, vodka, whiskey and wine, Harper Theater advertises(…)

New Ray Elementary local school council re-starts principal search process

New Ray Elementary local school council re-starts principal search process

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Ray families will have to wait even longer before they get a new principal. Ray Elementary School’s new local school council held its first organizational meeting July 1. The group also held a second meeting to vote on the next steps in it principal selection process, where they decided(…)

Anne Marie Miles plans to challenge Alderman Leslie Hairston again

Anne Marie Miles plans to challenge Alderman Leslie Hairston again

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Hyde Park attorney Anne Marie Miles is betting that the second time’s the charm: she says she plans to challenge Ald. Leslie Hairston in the 2015 municipal election. Miles was one of four challengers to Hairston in the last citywide election in 2011, capturing approximately 21 percent of the vote(…)

DuSable Museum commemorates cartoons

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The DuSable Museum of African American History is commemorating the 40th anniversary of 1970s Saturday morning cartoons that featured positive Black characters for the first time in television history in its exhibit “Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution.” The traveling exhibit opened at the museum on June 27 and(…)

Lab School places in national math and science competition

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern For the first time, members of the University of Chicago Laboratory High School science team attended and placed at a national competition hosted by the Technology Students Association (TSA). The competition, titled “Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science (TEAMS),” was part of the larger national TSA conference at(…)

Obama library board shifts members

By Lindsay Welbers Staff Writer President Barack Obama named his half-sister and a former senior advisor as members to the board of the foundation that will choose the location of the presidential library. The foundation also pushed the date it will announce a shortlist of potential hosts back to mid-September. It still expects to have(…)

Part Eight: Genuinely civilized oddballs

Part Eight: Genuinely civilized oddballs

By SUSAN O’CONNOR DAVIS When speaking of the recently constructed Logan Center on the south side of the Midway Plaisance, University of Chicago president Robert Zimmer commented that the building would have “a tremendous impact not only on our students, faculty and community, but on the future of the arts in Chicago.” He continued, “Creativity(…)

Chosen Few picnic returning to Jackson Park this Saturday

The 24th annual Chosen Few Picnic, a yearly old school house music concert, will take place from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. this Saturday, in Jackson Park, at 63rd Street and Hayes Drive. The concert, which began as a small house music reunion, has grown to attract more than 40,000 annual visitors and has been(…)

Newly-formed park advisory council to meet this Sunday

The upcoming inaugural meeting of the Harold Washington Playlot Park advisory council has moved from Nichols Park, 1355 E. 53rd St., to the Del Prado Building, 5307 S. Hyde Park Blvd. Those interested in being members or on the board of the advisory council are invited to meet at 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 7,(…)

Review: “The Last Ship”

RECOMMENDED Where: Bank of America Theatre, 18 W. Monroe St. When: through July 13 Tickets: $33-$100 Phone: 800-775-2000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic The pre-Broadway world premiere of “The Last Ship” has moored at the Bank of America Theatre briefly before chugging off to New York in the fall, and although the musical’s engines aren’t(…)