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Sudanese sculptor continues to be inspired by life work

Sudanese sculptor continues to be inspired by life work

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Local sculptor, Amir Nour, has lived his whole life through his art, and although in his 70s, he has no plans of halting his creative process. Nour speaks of his many pieces with enthusiasm and appreciation as he shows his many works published throughout the various books that take up(…)

Kenwood High School Broncos advance to city championship

Kenwood High School Broncos advance to city championship

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer For the first time in school history, the Kenwood Broncos Boys basketball team advanced to the 2016 Chicago Public League City Championship game with a 52-51 victory over Red Central conference foes Curie Academy. “I understood we had history on the line and I wanted to do everything in my(…)

4th Ward talks politics of past, looks to better future

4th Ward talks politics of past, looks to better future

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Residents of the 4th Ward and neighboring communities gathered together Monday night to begin the conversation about what they want in their next alderman. On Feb. 1, Ald. Will Burns (4th) announced that he would step down from his position on March 1 to become the senior advisor and director(…)

Shrine of Christ responds to Archdiocese with video

Shrine of Christ responds to Archdiocese with video

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Coalition to Save The Shrine has released a statement and video in response to the Archdiocese’s recent procurement of a demolition permit for the Shrine of Christ the King Church, 6401 S. Woodlawn Ave. While the Archdiocese said that it will remain in dialogue with the leadership of Shrine(…)

Drive-by shooting injures two in Hyde Park

Drive-by shooting injures two in Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A drive-by shooting near downtown Hyde Park on Sunday, Feb. 21, has left two people hospitalized, according to Chicago police. The incident occurred at approximately 1:15 p.m., when an unknown suspect in a green Jeep Cherokee opened fire on a passing vehicle in the 5300 block of S. Harper Ave.,(…)

Kenwood teacher suspended for offensive comments in online videos

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School music teacher, Daniel Berry, was suspended after the school was made aware of online videos of him making derogatory comments about Jews and Muslims. The videos posted to Berry’s YouTube channel go back as far as July 2015 the most recent post Feb. 20. In most(…)

Community members gather to discuss election for 4th Ward

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer An open meeting to discuss the next alderman of the 4th Ward will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22 at Room 43, 1043 E. 43rd St. Ald. Will Burns (4th) announced that he would be resigning March 1 to take the role of director of Midwest policy and(…)

U. of C. class focuses on Obama Presidential Center

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer One anthropology class at the University of Chicago (U. of C.) is giving students the chance to develop their own visions for the Obama Presidential Center (OPC) before it’s much anticipated arrival on the South Side. The class, titled “Debating and Designing The Obama Presidential Center,” is led by professor(…)

Protesters force Alvarez off U. of C. campus

Protesters force Alvarez off U. of C. campus

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A group of protesters shut down an event with Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez at the University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) Institute of Politics (IOP), 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave., Wednesday, Feb. 17. Alvarez visited the IOP on Wednesday to defend her resume and field questions from students. She(…)

Archdiocese secures demolition permit for Shrine of Christ

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Archdiocese of Chicago has secured a demolition permit for the structurally damaged Shrine of Christ the King Church, 6401 S. Woodlawn Ave., according to a spokeswoman for the Catholic authority. The development raises questions about the Archdiocese’s plans surrounding the fire-devastated building. Demolition appeared avoidable when, at a Feb.(…)

Kenwood, CPS schools protest with morning “walk-in”

Kenwood, CPS schools protest with morning “walk-in”

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School was one of about 100 public schools across Chicago this morning to participate in a “walk-in” hosted by the Chicago Teacher’s Union (CTU). At 8:15 a.m., around 100 people gathered outside of Kenwood, 5105 S. Blackstone Ave., at 51st Street and Harper Avenue to stand in(…)

Creative Mansion celebrates African American inventors

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Creative Mansion Children’s Academy is hosting its annual Invention Convention next week in celebration of Black History Month. The public is invited to visit Creative Mansion, 4745 S. Ellis Ave., from 10 a.m. – noon Feb. 22-26 to see the student showcase at the Invention Convention. Students from ages 2-6(…)

Review: “Cabaret”

Review: “Cabaret”

RECOMMENDED Where: The PrivateBank Theatre, 18 W. Monroe When: through Feb. 21 Tickets: $25-$108 Phone: 800-775-2000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic If you didn’t see director Sam Mendes and co-director/choreographer Rob Marshall’s revisionist revival of “Cabaret” for Roundabout Theatre Company in 1998 (which built on Mendes’ 1993 London revival), or the revival of the revival(…)

Global Voices “Roots & Rhymes: A Black Culture Showcase”

Global Voices “Roots & Rhymes: A Black Culture Showcase”

By Sara Zhou Global Voices Metcalf Fellow In celebration of Black History Month and in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the First Great Migration, the Global Voices Performing Arts Series at International House will be partnering with Soul Poetry Cafe and local Chicago artists to present “Roots & Rhymes: A Black Culture Showcase.” The(…)

Hales advances to second round of catholic league playoffs

Hales advances to second round of catholic league playoffs

By Joseph Phillips Sports Writer Thanks to 21 points and five assist from senior guard Nick McKenzie, the Hales Franciscan Spartans prevailed over the St. Ignatius Wolfpack 70-67 to advance to the second round of the Chicago Catholic League Playoffs. “We played very well tonight as a team,” said Gary London, head coach of Hales(…)

Kenwood advances to final four of city playoffs

Kenwood advances to final four of city playoffs

By Joseph Phillips Sports Writer For the first time in school history, the Kenwood Academy Broncos Basketball Team advanced to the Final Four of the Chicago Public League City Playoffs with a 73-65 win over Westinghouse High School on Saturday, Feb. 14.   “It feels good to make history,” said Marlo Finner, head coach of(…)