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End-of-life discussion at First Unitarian

By Jennet Posey Herald Intern An end-of-life discussion hosted by Compassion and Choices will take place at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2, at First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave. Compassion and Choices is a non-profit offering consultation for people with terminal diseases facing the end of their life. Bess Shenkier, coordinator for the(…)

Hairston strikes out at Chase

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) introduced a new ordinance that would strike JPMorgan Chase from the City of Chicago’s list of municipal depositories. Hairston says the legislation was inspired by the news: The bank paid $2.6 billion settlement earlier this month to victims of Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme after agreeing to(…)

U. of C. summer program changes rile alumni

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Some University of Chicago students are petitioning against changes to a competitive internship program that focuses on community building. Michelle Obama founded Summer Links when she was University Community Service Center (UCSC) director in 1997. This year it began working with Metcalf internships under the Career Advancement department, a move(…)

Revels return

Revels return

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Quadrangle Club Revels will take place again this year, at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31, and Saturday, Feb. 1, at the perennial play’s namesake venue, at 1155 E. 57th St. This year’s production, “Sweet Dreams: A Winter’s Tale of Spring,” was written by local author Ted Fishman and(…)

Baroque Band delights

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Neither snow nor cold kept the Augustana Lutheran Church from hosting a large crowd Saturday night. Baroque Band has that kind of audience. Englishman Ian Watson was the guest director and harpsichordist for a program titled “Under the Influence,” which featured a fascinating collection of baroque gems. Conducting from(…)

Review: “Our Country’s Good”

Review: “Our Country’s Good”

RECOMMENDED Where: Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. When: through Feb. 22 Tickets: $30 Phone: 773-975-8150 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic In his program notes for Shattered Globe Theatre’s commendable production of “Our Country’s Good,” director Roger Smart calls Timberlake Wertenbaker’s 1988 Olivier award-winning play, adapted from Thomas Keneally’s novel The(…)

Being part of the solution

We are disappointed but not altogether surprised at the decision by Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) to suspend her experiment in participatory budgeting. While she cites expense, we cannot help but wonder whether the handful of voters who bothered to take advantage of her offer to help select budget priorities for the ward was anything approaching what(…)

False alarm at Metra station brings out police

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Metra service was briefly halted at the 53rd Street station Thursday when a suspicious object was reported. Chicago Police News Affairs said a suspicious object was reported at 1500 E. 53rd St., around 11:30 a.m. The bomb squad determined that it was not a threat and service resumed approximately an(…)

Robbery at Open Produce last week

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Open Produce, 1635 E. 55th St., was robbed at gunpoint last week. Chicago Police News Affairs said three African American men between the ages of 18 and 20 years old entered the grocer around 11 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14. Two of the offenders displayed handguns and announced a robbery.(…)

Robie needs guides

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Frank Lloyd Trust is seeking volunteers to act as tour guides at the Robie House. Volunteer resource manager Linda Bonifas-Guzman said they are looking for 12 to 15 prospective volunteers, who can commit four hours a month, for six months. Volunteers will lead tours at the Robie House, 5757(…)

Music news at Kenwood Academy

Music news at Kenwood Academy

String Orchestra Kenwood Academy High School’s revived string orchestra will perform at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Concert, Jan. 22, at the South Shore Cultural Center. After several years of silence, the string orchestra at Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., has been reestablished under the direction of Ernestine Fleming-Jones. Since its re-launch, the orchestra(…)

Kenwood’s Jerry a talent to watch

Kenwood’s Jerry a talent to watch

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer After competing against musicians from high schools across the city, Giancarlo Jerry, a junior at Kenwood Academy High School, was selected to be a member of the Illinois Music Educators Association (IMEA) Senior Jazz Band and the IMEA Senior Concert Band later this month. He is the first instrumentalist at(…)

HPAC celebrates 75 this year

HPAC celebrates 75 this year

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC) will kick off its 75th anniversary year programming this week. Founded in Hyde Park in 1939, HPAC had several homes — including the Del Prado Building, 5307 S. Hyde Park Blvd. — before settling into its current address at 5520 S. Cornell Ave in(…)

Jewish during Jim Crow

Jewish during Jim Crow

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer In the 1930s, some Jewish professors from Germany and Austria who fled to America to avoid Nazism found teaching positions at historically Black colleges and universities in the South during the time of Jim Crow “separate but equal” segregation laws. The DuSable Museum of African American History is presenting(…)

University of Chicago bulks up aid to low-income students

University of Chicago bulks up aid to low-income students

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama met with about 100 college leaders from across the country last Thursday, including University of Chicago (U. of C.) President Robert Zimmer, to discuss a plan to help more high school graduates from low-income households get into college. Zimmer said the(…)

City Hyde Park gets TIF dollars as demo underway

City Hyde Park gets TIF dollars as demo underway

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The City Council approved spending $11.3 million tax increment financing dollars to construct City Hyde Park, a mixed-use complex that would bring Whole Foods to the neighborhood. The $115 million development will include 120,000 square feet of retail, 180 apartments and two levels of parking underground with space for 350(…)