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New dorm to be designed by Gang

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago will replace the aging Pierce Hall with a new, $148 million student dormitory designed by Jeanne Gang and Gang Studios. Pierce Tower, 5514 S. University Ave., will be demolished in mid-August, said U. of C. news director Jeremy Manier. By the fall of 2016 the new(…)

Founder on permission wall

Founder on permission wall

By DESI WOME First, a little basic history on the ongoing permission wall behind the Mobil gas station in Hyde Park. We always called it “the Mobil wall,” “53rd Street” or the “Hyde Park wall.” I started that wall in 1992. I got permission from the Mobil station. There was never a forged letter. People(…)

Players help you brush up on Shakespeare

The Hyde Park Community Players are reprising their annual acting workshop on Shakespeare early next month. “Getting Shakespeare Off the Shelf!” will take place 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 10, at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave. Ages 15 and up and all levels of experience are welcome. For more information, e-mail(…)

Kimbark Plaza ignores residents

To the Editor: Livability refers to the ability of business area residents to amicably co-exist with the surrounding business community. Over the past year, community residents, representing 30-plus home-owning families and members of the 53rd and Kimbark Merchants’ Association have met to resolve community concerns related to truck deliveries of goods and services to plaza(…)

Review: Cool night, hot music

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic As a teenager, Jean Sibelius longed to be a great violinist. After aborting legal studies, he entered the Helsinki Music School (later renamed the Sibelius Academy) where he realized he would never be a violin virtuoso. He turned to composing, becoming not only his country’s most renowned and beloved(…)

Review: “Mojada”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. When: through Aug. 11 Tickets: $20-$60 Phone: 773-871-3000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic The interview with Luis Alfaro in the program for Victory Gardens Theater’s world premiere of his “Mojada” (“wetback”) provides some clues as to why his adaptation of the Medea legend just doesn’t(…)

Falls can pose major problem

By ANDREW HOLZMAN My grandmother and I were coming back from our weekly walk together to the grocery store, having scoured the free samples and bought some of the cookies I liked, when she had her first bad fall. It happened more quickly than I could watch it, and ten-year-old me was terrified. Does this(…)

Towing mars festival visit

To the Editor: Sunday, July 21 between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., my family and I decided to walk through “Celebrate Hyde Park” before shopping in Kimbark Plaza. They were visiting from California. When we returned, my vehicle had been towed from the lot along with four others. The July 17 advertisement in the Herald,(…)