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Grant Park Orchestra triumphs in Millenium Park

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Last Wednesday, just as the heat wave began to lose steam, it was a perfect night for an outdoor concert. The Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park had gentle breezes which wafted the attractive scent of the foliage nearby. It was the perfect accompaniment to the music of the Grant(…)

Review: Review: “The Jungle Book”

RECOMMENDED Where: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. When: through Aug. 18 Tickets: $27-$125 Phone: 312-443-3800 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Centering a whole show around a child can be a recipe for disaster, especially if it’s a coming-of-age story requiring the kid to grow and develop emotionally. But when you’re adapting the beloved 1967(…)

AfriCobra exhibit turns to recent contributors

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor The DuSable Museum of African American History will on July 26 open the final exhibit in a three-part show on the South Side artist collective AfriCobra, also known as the African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists. Located at 740 E. 56th Pl., “AfriCobra: Art and Impact,” which includes(…)

OI links past and present

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Oriental Institute is prepping for its Aug. 20 opening of the “Our Work: Modern Jobs – Ancient Origins” exhibit. The show includes photos of Hyde Park residents and compares the work they do now to its origins. “We’re making connections between the ancient world and the modern world,”(…)

Local youth dreams of big leagues

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern Eleven young Hyde Parkers are headed to Puerto Rico for a baseball tournament. “The Lou Collier Baseball Stars,” a team comprising two nine-year-olds, an eight-year-old and eight 10-year-olds, is at the top of one of the American Amateur Baseball Congress’ American regions, and will face off against nine other champion(…)

Popcorn lady files Metra complaint

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Gloria Henderson, former owner of Glorious Confectionery, a popcorn shop once located at 1551 E. 51st St., filed a complaint June 20 with the Circuit Court of Cook County against her onetime landlord, Metra. Henderson, whose five-year lease for the space located under Metra’s train tracks ended April(…)

We won justice before. We can win it again.

By Tim Black People refer to him simply as “Trayvon.” As if we knew him personally. We identify so closely with him and with his parents. We think of Trayvon as a beloved young son of the entire African American people. His anguished parents displayed great dignity throughout the trial. Around our kitchen tables, it’s(…)

Montgomery Place and the CCRC Structure

By Andrew Holzman Montgomery Place, 5550 South Shore Drive, is a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC). CCRCs address the entire process of aging, from complete independence graduating to acute care, in one facility. Outside of CCRCs, there are probably about as many living options available specifically to seniors as there are to the general population,(…)

What’s a Village: Villages in The Context of Existing State Bureaucracy

By Andrew Holzman The Chicago Hyde Park Village (CHPV), one of the three organizations hosting me as I write this column series, is the local product of a national movement. Throughout the United States, you can find “villages,” groups of seniors who have come together to help each other age actively. Members of a village(…)

Wall demo will leave vacuum

Wall demo will leave vacuum

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The graffiti wall on 53rd Street has been an artistic outlet and medium for a generation of Hyde Park and South Side artists. The wall, along with the Mobil gas station and car wash, 1330 E. 53rd St., will be demolished later this summer to make way for a 13-story(…)

Interim at Ray resigns old post

Interim at Ray resigns old post

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Ray Elementary School’s Interim Principal Antonia “Toni” Hill resigned from her position as principal of Pershing East Elementary School. Pershing East was consolidated with Pershing West Elementary School and its local school council is searching for a new principal to lead its expanded pre-k through 8th grade curriculum. Hill(…)

Liberal studies retirement

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The longtime dean of the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies announced his retirement last week. Dan Shannon has been dean of the school since 1996. He will formally step down from the job at the end of June 2014. A faculty committee chaired by(…)

Police issue alert

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago Police News Affairs issued a warning after a man attempted to lure a 13-year-old girl into his vehicle on the 5000 block of South Dorchester Avenue. News Affairs said an African American male, either in his late 30s or early 40s, with a dark complexion, bald head, heavy build(…)

Shoreland to have fastest internet in city

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer When residents begin moving into The Shoreland this September, they will have the fastest Internet service in any rental apartment in Chicago. MAC Property Management is nearly complete with the rehabilitation on the building, which operated as a luxury hotel for most of its life, and later as a dormitory.(…)

Resident links art and the outdoors

By Yasmine Laasraoui Herald Intern In recent years, Hyde Park’s Promontory Point has been host to evenings of artistic expression around a fire pit, called Art is Bonfire. Since 2011, Hyde Park resident Tiffanie Beatty has brought spoken word poets outdoors in this bi-annual social event. Beatty “wanted to create something a little more out(…)

Herald adds blog to online offerings

Herald adds blog to online offerings

The Hyde Park Herald has once again expanded its online offerings, adding a blog to its website, HeraldBlog. The focus of HeraldBlog is to increase opportunities for interactive participation by readers, according to Herald Vice President and General Manager Susan J. Walker. “We are embracing the trend of readers becoming contributors through HeraldBlog,” Walker said.(…)

Bikes beat cars at Medici

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer It’s about to get much easier to ride your bike to Medici on 57th — and the surrounding business corridor — but it will also get slightly more difficult to drive there. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) have plans to install 25 bike parking corrals(…)

Ray needs leeway

For months, Antonia “Toni” Hill has been leading Ray Elementary School as its interim principal, following the removal of Tatia Beckwith. Owing to what has to be a technicality, Ray has been unable to conduct a formal search for a principal because the position is not officially vacant. Meanwhile, Hill has proven herself a capable(…)

Review: “Big Lake Big City”

RECOMMENDED Where: Lookingglass Theatre Company, Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave, When: through Aug. 25 Tickets: $36-$79 Phone: 312-337-0665 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic The world premiere of “Big Lake Big City” opened at Lookingglass Theatre to great expectations. Local playwright Keith Huff catapulted to fame when his gritty two-character Chicago cop drama,(…)

Aging need not close off options

By ANDREW HOLZMAN You know the image well: an elderly man or woman sits at home, perhaps watching television, alone and depressed. This vision for retirement saturates our culture — we see the “crazy cat lady” trope repeated on television, and comments we make in passing reveal a view of getting old that seems primarily(…)