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Review: “Inner Voices”

Review: “Inner Voices”

RECOMMENDED Where: World’s Stage Series at Chicago Shakespeare Theater Courtyard Theater, Navy Pier When: through June 29 Tickets: $50-$70 Phone: 312-595-5600 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Chicago Shakespeare Theater is celebrating the year of Italian culture in America by teaming up with the Italian Ministry of Cultural Affairs and the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago(…)

Thanks to supporters of school of dance

To the Editor: On behalf of Hyde Park School of Dance, I want to thank all of the neighborhood families, friends and community partners who helped make En Avant, HPSD’s 20th Anniversary celebration, a major success. More than 900 people filled the audience for our two performances on June 14 and June 15 in the(…)

Still supporting U. of C. — but with caveat

To the Editor: Several weeks ago in these pages I voiced support for the University of Chicago and Mesa Development’s proposal for construction on the so-called 53rd St. McMobil site. While I still believe that that apartment building will be a net asset to the neighborhood, I also wish to join my neighbors in adopting(…)

Hyde Park, stand behind Kenwood

To the Editor: As the chair of the Kenwood Academy local school council, I had the privilege of congratulating and shaking the hands of every graduate that crossed the stage at the school’s recent commencement ceremony. As I looked into their eyes, listened to the cheers of their family members and watched them hug their teachers(…)

Drop-In program continued

A popular program launched by the Chicago Hyde Park Village and University of Chicago students will continue this summer after its three-week pilot, organizers say. The Drop-In program, which ran for three weeks during the spring on Fridays at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave., will continue as a bi-weekly program beginning July 10.(…)

DuSable to discuss Blacks in Civil War

The DuSable Museum, 740 E. 56th Place, will host Professor Harold Jones, the assistant director of the African American Civil War Museum in Washington, D.C., to present a talk on the impact of Black soldiers on the Civil War. African American participation was made possible by President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation which, although it did(…)

Kenwood class of 1973 holds reunion

Kenwood Academy High School’s class of 1973 will hold its 40th reunion starting Friday, July 12. The reunion will include three events: a “Meet and Greet” from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Seven Ten Split, 1055 E. 55th St.; a dinner from 6 p.m. to midnight at the Oak Lawn Hilton, 9333 S.(…)

Missing girl is found

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A 15-year-old girl who was reported missing on May 30 had returned to her family by June 5, Police News Affairs said on Tuesday June 18. Police consider the case closed. Tinina Burns was reported missing from the 5500 block of South Everett Avenue on May 29 at 2 p.m.(…)

O.P. opening

By YASMINE LAASRAOUI Herald Intern Local produce and specialty food market Open Produce, 1635 E. 55th St., will be hosting the market’s inaugural gallery event for photographer Fanta Celah. The opening event will exhibit Celah’s photography and paintings on Monday, July 1, between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. The opening marks the start of Open(…)

Spartans football recruiting

Young people ages six to 15 can now sign up for football with the Hyde Park Spartans. The team is also recruiting cheerleaders. For more information and to sign up for football or cheerleading, visit hpjrspartans.com.

Hyde Parker takes 100 in stride

Hyde Parker takes 100 in stride

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern Hyde Park Resident Carl Wilson will be 100-years-old on Sunday. Wilson, once an auto mechanic making a modest seven dollars an hour, bought his own factory in the 1970s, becoming one of the first Black men in Chicago to do so. Though Wilson could brand his story as a self-made-man(…)

K.A.M. teaches kids gardening skills

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Spaces are still available for the KAM Isaiah Israel Food Justice and Sustainability Leadership Development summer program for teens. The third annual program, at K.A.M., 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd., allows students to learn about gardening, while growing food that will benefit their neighborhood, learning practical skills and understand different(…)

Murals made for 57th Street underpasses

Murals made for 57th Street underpasses

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The pedestrian underpasses along 57th Street from the Museum of Science and Industry have been decorated courtesy of Hyde Park students and the Chicago Public Art Group. The group has been working on installing murals in the underpasses since 2006 and is nearing completion on both of them. The first(…)

O’Gara and Wilson closing up

O’Gara and Wilson closing up

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern Hyde Park bookshop O’Gara and Wilson, 1448 E. 57th St., will pack up its books and leave for Indiana by August. The store, according to its website, traces its lineage back to 1882. Douglas Wilson, who shares the shop with his wife Jill, is the current owner.   Wilson attributed the move to two(…)

Budget cuts roil local schools

Budget cuts roil local schools

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Public schools in Hyde Park held community meetings last week to discuss their sharply reduced preliminary budgets for the 2013-2014 school year. An all-schools meeting was also held by the parent group Raise Your Hand for Illinois Education. The group is demanding that Mayor Rahm Emanuel return tax increment(…)

Annual parade returns for its 21st year

By YASMINE LAASRAOUI Herald Intern Since a community retreat examining crime, parking and business on 53rd street in March of 1992 inspired the idea, the Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration, Fourth on 53rd, has become a Hyde Park annual tradition. Ringing in its 21st year, the parade has been attended by the community’s diverse(…)

Music teachers aid program

By YASMINE LAASRAOUI Herald Intern The annual Performathon hosted by the Music Teachers of Hyde Park (MTHP) raised $845 for the hunger programs at the Hyde Park and Kenwood Interfaith Council. The two-day recital held at Montgomery Place, 5550 S. South Shore Drive, on June 8 and 9, and the Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake(…)

Raoul to study pensions

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Amid Illinois’ deepening budget woes, state Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-13) has been chosen to chair a newly-formed conference committee on pensions. The Illinois General Assembly voted to create the committee last Wednesday. The group will begin meeting this Thursday to seek a way to lessen the burden of(…)

Ray preschool slots

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer After a flurry of calls and letters from Ray Elementary School parents, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is adding another Preschool for All classroom next school year at Ray, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., which will allow more neighborhood children to attend. CPS recently changed the criteria for admission to its(…)

Weekly Meditation Class

Weekly Meditation Class

Weekly Meditation Class. 7:30 p.m. every Sunday, Chaturanga Holistic Fitness, 1525 E. 55th St., Suite No. 302, 773-358-2998, chaturangafitness.com, free. A graduated class of mindfulness of breathing for the development of calm and clarity. Beginners always welcome.