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One man’s library …

One man’s library …

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer When he was given the chance to have lunch with Barack and Michelle Obama, University of Chicago graduate Michael Sorkin thought he should bring a gift. So he drafted a plan that would put the presidential museum in Woodlawn. “I always had an interest in Hyde Park and planning and(…)

Lutherans gain new leader

Lutherans gain new leader

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Lutheran School of Theology recently named Esther Menn as dean and vice president of academic affairs. Her five-year term began on Jan. 1 and her installation service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 5, at the Augustana Chapel, 1100 E. 55th St. “The faculty and I are(…)

“Wait, Wait” doesn’t for tickets

“Wait, Wait” doesn’t for tickets

By JENNET POSEY Herald Intern For the first time ever, the popular radio news quiz show, “Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me,” will be recorded on the University of Chicago campus. The recording is scheduled to take place at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 30 at Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57 St. “Wait, Wait … Don’t(…)

Snapshot of HPK icon

Snapshot of HPK icon

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer “What did you guys do New Years Eve? It’s just a couple of days ago, don’t tell me you don’t remember,” Mario Smith joked with his audience on the Jan. 2 episode of his radio show, “News from the Service Entrance.” Smith has been hosting the program on WHPK 88.5(…)

Millions for bird scheme

Millions for bird scheme

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is seeking to rehabilitate Jackson Park over the next five years. USACE is exploring a plan to restore around 160 acres of Jackson Park, beginning this year and lasting through 2019. The project, aimed at removing invasive species and introducing native vegetation, is(…)

CAC drive on

CAC drive on

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference (HP-K CC) Schools Committee is searching for parents, principals, elected officials, faith-based leaders and more community members to help it form a Hyde Park Community Action Council (CAC). A majority of those in attendance at the conference’s Schools Committee meeting last Wednesday at Kenwood(…)

Low turnout blamed for participatory budgeting ending

Low turnout blamed for participatory budgeting ending

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Hyde Parkers met Ald. Leslie Hairston’s decision not to continue the 5th Ward’s participatory budgeting (PB) program this year with a mixed reaction. The 5th Ward’s experiment with PB — a political process born in Brazil in the late ’80s, in which constituents decide how their district’s money is spent(…)

$90M cancer research grant

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago shared in a grant that will exponentially grow the amount in its endowment for cancer research. Ludwig Cancer Research recently donated $540 million to be split equally among six cancer research facilities in the United States, including the U. of C. The $90 million the university(…)

Jazz society holding fundraiser

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Jazz Society is sponsoring a fundraiser for the Hyde Park Jazz Festival. The Hyde Park Jazz Festival Fundraising Jazz Jam, a concert by veteran festival performers, will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at Room 43, 1043 E. 43 St. “This(…)

Local artist brings diversity to greeting card scene

Local artist brings diversity to greeting card scene

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A quick walk through any pharmacy’s greeting card aisle will reveal that a few major companies — Hallmark and American Greetings, in particular — dominate the industry. But that hasn’t stopped Hyde Parker Otis Richardson from entering the market. Since 2004, Richardson, an openly gay artist who works at the(…)

A bad idea rears its ugly head again

To the Editor: Once again, there is yet another move in the City Council to rename our landmark Chicago Cultural Center the “Eleanor Daley Cultural Center.” Such an action, for various reasons, would be inappropriate. Our historic, splendid and beautiful cultural center, formerly the Central Library Building, should continue to honor in its name the(…)

Kenwood’s endangered Frank Lloyd Wright houses

To the Editor: The Blossom and McArthur Houses in Kenwood are important early designs of Frank Lloyd Wright, and their interiors are world-class works of art. The seeds of everything Wright eventually accomplished, from the Robie House to the Guggenheim, are already germinating at the corner of 49th Street and Kenwood Avenue. At 122 years(…)

Distance between bus stops too long

To the Editor: I am a regular bus rider on the 47th Street bus with the last stop being 47th and Lake Park, where I have to catch the No. 6 going south to my job on 53rd and Hyde Park. The problem is the bus stop between 47th and Lake Park and the No.(…)

Hyde Park is coming into its own

To the Editor: There are so many reasons to visit Hyde Park. The excitement on 53rd Street is intoxicating; retail stores, people young and old, fine dining and much more. Who would have thought? In 2001, I opened my law practice in the Hyde Park Bank building; I have seen the ups and downs of(…)

Setting the record straight at the Village

To the Editor: We fear some statements in Daschell Phillips’ article in the Dec. 25 issue of the Hyde Park Herald will give incorrect impressions about our plans for the Chicago Hyde Park Village (CHPV). The Village will not be a senior center or social welfare agency.  However, the absence of such services in our(…)

It’s too late to yearn for B&B project

To the Editor: The articles and letters about the pros and cons of B&Bs in Kenwood are interesting, but isn’t the point moot? I assume that the Tawani Foundation has withdrawn its offers for the two Frank Lloyd Wright houses. For good reasons. There are plenty of interesting historic properties all over Chicago with which(…)

Yusho opening soon, Merges says

Yusho opening soon, Merges says

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer   Chef Matthias Merges said he expects the Hyde Park location of his Avondale Japanese restaurant Yusho to open this summer. On Dec. 17, a lawsuit originally filed in August challenging a University of Chicago-backed petition calling for the sale of alcohol in the area was dismissed. The lawsuit, filed(…)

Review: “Die Fledermaus”

Where: Lyric Opera, 20 N. Wacker Dr. When: through Jan. 18 Phone: 312-332-2244 By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic If you like to greet the new year with champagne and you love opera, you probably know that “Die Fledermaus” contains one of the most joyous musical tributes to champagne ever written. Lyric Opera is now(…)

“The Merry Wives of Windsor”

“The Merry Wives of Windsor”

RECOMMENDED Where: Chicago Shakespeare Theater Courtyard Theater, Navy Pier When: through Jan. 19 Tickets: $48-$78 Phone: 312-595-5600 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic I’ve never really been able to warm up to “The Merry Wives of Windsor.” Legend has it that Shakespeare wrote the play to satisfy Queen Elizabeth I’s desire to see more of Sir(…)

New show opens at Court Theatre

A new play will open tomorrow at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. “Seven Guitars,” is a play written by August Wilson that explores the memory of a murdered fictional blues musician, Floyd “Schoolboy” Barton. The play will be directed by the Court Theatre’s resident artist, Ron O.J. Parson, who also directed Wilson’s “Fences” there(…)