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Music Teachers of Hyde Park’s annual Concerto Day this Sunday

Music Teachers of Hyde Park’s annual Concerto Day this Sunday

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Music Teachers of Hyde Park will be hosting its 11th annual Concerto Day from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. this Sunday, April 27, at the Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn. Founded in 2004 by Hyde Park piano teacher Elaine Smith and Daniel Golden, principal violinist for the(…)

Praise for help from the U. of C.

To the Editor: I have run a small business in Hyde Park for the past five years, the Hyde Park Print Shop. I am thankful for this opportunity to live my dream. Recently, though, I had to close up business on 53rd Street not merely due to the change in ownership of the property I(…)

Headline distorts truth at Augustana

To the Editor: Augustana Lutheran Church told the Hyde Park Suzuki Institute on Jan. 18 that they would have to leave by Aug. 16. That is six months’ notice. Hardly an “abrupt eviction.” The sub-headline, “After abrupt eviction from Augustana, small musicians seek home,” on the front page of your paper, mis-characterizes the decision made(…)

Join Jackson Park cleanup for the Earth

To the Editor: Saturday, April 26, the Jackson Park Advisory Council is participating in the 25th annual Earth Day park clean up sponsored by Friends of the Park. JPAC invites all neighbors to join them at 9 a.m. at either the 57th Street Beach or  the 63rd Street Beach to clean up the plastic bags,  cans, bottles and debris(…)

Bring Star Wars museum to Hyde Park

To the Editor: After reading the recent article and the editorial in the Sun Times relating to locating the Lucas Museum in Chicago, I believe it would be a great idea. I suggest that the committee should consider the property located just west of Stony Island Avenue between 59th Street, 60th Street and the Metra railroad tracks. The(…)

Burns not steady in support for schools

To the Editor: How interesting to hear Ald. Will Burns (4th) waxing eloquently about the disruptiveness of school closures (“Canter site could help Kenwood,” April 16, 2014 Herald). While he says, “the Board of Education phased out Canter,” he was in fact a silent partner. His reluctant support for a phase out instead of outright closure(…)

Taste of Hyde Park has another successful year

To the Editor: The Hyde Park Transitional Housing Project’s major annual fundraising event, the Taste of Hyde Park, held earlier this month, was again a success, raising slightly more than $10,000 after expenses. More than 100 members and friends of HPTHP enjoyed the opportunity to sample food from 17 area restaurants and other food and drink(…)

Taking a look at the options for easing fiscal crisis

By. ALD. WILL BURNS (4TH) Our city faces a crisis — how to generate the revenue to pay down $34 billion in pension liabilities. Reductions in pension benefits are not enough to close the gap. New and sustainable revenue is necessary to meet these responsibilities. In the midst of this fiscal crisis, many Chicagoans continue(…)

Ray local school council finally free to pick principal after delay

Ray local school council finally free to pick principal after delay

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ray Elementary School local school council chose members for its principal selection committee at its April meeting. The school has been led by an interim principal for about a year after its previous principal was abruptly removed from her post. At the meeting the LSC at Ray, 5631(…)

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks input on proposed Jackson Park restoration

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks input on proposed Jackson Park restoration

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has released a feasibility study for a 30-day public review for proposed restorations of Jackson Park. The study is the culmination of discussions between the USACE and the Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC), Chicago Park District and Project 120, a non-profit developing plans(…)

New bike lanes planned for Stony Island

New bike lanes planned for Stony Island

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The City announced in early April that the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) will install 20 miles of bike lanes through the summer, including a stretch along Stony Island Avenue between 56th and 63rd streets. The federally funded Stony Island Avenue lanes will not be barrier protected and will instead(…)

Rappers and non-profits team up for youth jobs program and Jackson Park music festival

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Rap artists and native Chicagoans Common and Kanye West have partnered with the Chicago Urban League to create the Chicago Youth Jobs Collaborative. The collaborative will offer year-round jobs to youth and host an annual music festival in Jackson Park. Common and his Common Ground Foundation; Andrea L. Zopp,(…)

Campus panel tackles youth challenges, violence and gangs

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer For many young African American males in Chicago, not being a part of a gang is not an option. At a University of Chicago Institute of Politics panel discussion titled “The Chicagoland Lens: A Look at Chicago Public Schools,” held at the Quadrangle Club Thursday evening, University of Chicago(…)

Romeo, wherefore doest thou move?

The Hyde Park Community Players will be moving the venue for their 5th anniversary production of “Romeo and Juliet” this week from Experimental Station, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave., to Ida Noyes Hall 1212 E. 59th St. Beginning next weekend through the end of the month, the play will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays(…)

Canter site could help Kenwood

To the Editor: No one likes school closures. Make no mistake, they are disruptive, and that has certainly been the case in Hyde Park. Many Hyde Park and Kenwood residents, parents and elected officials opposed the closure of Miriam G. Canter Elementary School last year. In spite of ardent community opposition, the Chicago Board of(…)

K.A.M. gets jazzy for gala event

K.A.M. gets jazzy for gala event

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer KAM Isaiah Israel’s annual fundraiser will celebrate Hyde Park’s jazz roots at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 26. Tammy McCann and her combo will provide entertainment and WBEZ personality Richard Steele will speak. The focus on the evening will be Hyde Park’s position in the history of jazz. McCann is(…)

Christian Mitchell gets Laurene Jobs donation

Christian Mitchell gets Laurene Jobs donation

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer State Rep. Christian Mitchell’s (D-26) campaign has raked in tens of thousands of dollars since election day, including a large donation from a prominent West Coast billionaire. Illinois Board of Elections records reveal Laurene Powell Jobs, wife of the late Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs, was reported to have donated(…)

A Seder that’s open to everyone

A Seder that’s open to everyone

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer An interfaith Passover Seder will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at the Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS), 1407 E. 60th St. The biennial tradition is being co-sponsored by Jewish renewal congregation Mishkan Chicago and Hyde Park Muslim Family Circle (HPMFC), a community-based religious group. The interfaith Seder will(…)

Salonen shows his skill at CSO

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Last month Esa-Pekka Salonen was awarded the Nemmers Prize in Music Composition by the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University and last week Chicago audiences had a chance to hear him conduct one of his recent works on the podium in front of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Entitled(…)

Review: “Road Show”

RECOMMENDED Where: Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Navy Pier When: through May 4 Tickets: $48-$68 Phone: 312-595-5600 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s “Road Show” is moving in the right direction. The musical that started as “Wise Guys” (1999), then premiered at the Goodman Theatre as “Bounce” (2003) and(…)