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King Haile Selassie’s grandson to visit DuSable Museum

Ethiopia’s King Haile Selassie’s grandson, Prince Ermias Sahle Selassie, will make a stop in Hyde Park later this month on a visit to Chicago. Prince Selassie will give a talk from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on June 29 at the DuSable Museum of African American History, 940 E. 56th Place, entitled “The Origins of(…)

Homage to Catalonia

Homage to Catalonia

Joan Plana speaks several European languages, but his native language, Catalan, is unknown to the average American. He makes himself understood not only in excellent English, but in the language of music. Plana was born and raised in the Lleida province of Catalonia, an autonomous community of Spain. Today this talented baroque violinist is based(…)

One promising beginning and one happy ending

One promising beginning and one happy ending

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic It was an inauspicious evening for the opening of an outdoor festival. It had rained that day, and it remained overcast and gloomy well past dark. Yet the first concert of the 80th season of the Grant Park Music Festival had a decent-sized and enthusiastic crowd – a testament(…)

Review: “Days Like Today”

RECOMMENDED Where: Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe When: through July 13 Tickets: $35-$75 Phone: 847-242-6000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Woe to anyone who tries to write a sincere musical about love these days. The topic has been so overworked in every medium that it’s almost impossible to find anything new to say, much(…)

The Land Beneath our Feet

The Land Beneath our Feet

The ground level of the house at the southwest corner of 48th and Greenwood just always seemed too high. Not in the sense of the ridges that once ran diagonally across the landscape of Hyde Park, but specifically and oddly too high just in one place. The driveway at the back of the lot was(…)

Burns to unveil plans for Canter

Ald. Will Burns (4th) is hosting a town hall meeting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, June 16, in the Little Theater to discuss the use of the Canter Middle School building. Canter Middle School, 4959 S. Blackstone Ave., is officially closed as of June 30. Seventh and eighth graders from Kenwood Academy High(…)

Local residents looking for family biking

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park resident Juan Boyce is organizing a Kidical Mass biking event for kids at the end of this month. Kidical Mass is a national movement to encourage families to ride bicycles for transportation, exercise and fun, according to its website. It currently has events in neighborhoods including Roscoe(…)

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,(…)