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Jazz fest collecting stories

Jazz fest collecting stories

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The 7th Annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival will take place on Sept. 28 and Sept. 29. Featured as a part of this year’s live jazz performances will be an oral history booth. Each year local and national artists come to the festival and give live shows at venues throughout(…)

Clothing store coming to Hyde Park

Clothing store coming to Hyde Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Shoppers in Hyde Park will soon be able to buy belts, shoes and socks right on 53rd Street. Sir & Madam, a Ukrainian Village-based boutique and the latest pop up shop on 53rd Street, plans to open its doors in October. The shop will operate at 1504 E. 53rd St.,(…)

Review: “Fantasie Négre” at the South Shore Cultural Center

By M.L. Rantala Classical Music Critic The Chicago Music Association was created in March of 1919 to provide a performance venue for classically trained Black musicians who had traditionally been denied access to major concert halls and opera houses throughout the U.S. In July of the same year, musicians from Washington, D.C., met with members(…)

Review: “Next to Normal”

RECOMMENDED Where: Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace When: through Oct. 6 Tickets: $35-$49 (lunch and dinner packages $50-$74) Phone: 630-530-0111 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic When the touring production of the Broadway hit, “Next to Normal,” came to downtown Chicago in 2011, I found Brian Yorkey (book and lyrics) and Tom Kitt’s(…)

Art gala returning next month

The Hyde Park Art Center will hold its annual fundraising Gala Sept. 28. The event will run from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. According to an invitation from the Art Center, the gala typically raises $200,000, which helps fund its community art programs. The gala will feature screen(…)

Book fair organizers accepting donations

The Hyde Park Used Book Sale began accepting donations for this year’s event. Donations of used books can be dropped off at Treasure Island’s basement in a watermelon box left at the foot of the stairs or taken directly to the sorting room if somebody is working. Donors who need help transporting the books can(…)

Hyde Park Players announce new auditions

The Hyde Park Community Players will hold auditions for a production of “Les Liaisons Dangereuses,” a play by Christopher Hampton based on the French novel by the same title. The play is a story of intrigue and scandal between French lovers. The auditions will take place Sunday, Sept. 15, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.(…)

Sculptures on point end tenure

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The sculptures that were on display at Promontory Point for the last year were removed last week after their installation period had ended. The sculptures were placed there last year by Chicago Sculpture International and were granted a permit to be displayed for one year. A spokesperson from the park(…)

African fest opening this weekend

The 24th annual African Festival of the Arts will run from Friday, Aug. 30 to Monday, Sept. 2. Located at 5100 S. Cottage Grove Ave., the festival features performances and art centered around the cultures of Africa. Headlining the festival, which draws visitors from across the nation, is Grammy-winner Brandy, or Brandy Norwood, who performs(…)

This old house returns to HP

The Hyde Park Historical Society will hold the second-to-last lectures of its “This Old (Hyde Park) House” series Sept. 22. Carol Yetken, who is a landscape architect, will discuss landscaping a historic house. Yetken has worked on projects for the Robie House, 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave., and other landmarks. Another lecturer will assist her. The(…)

Praising No. 28’s return to old route

To the Editor: Nowadays it is a rare pleasure to read any good news in any newspaper. So I was glad to see the recent article in the Herald announcing that the CTA has agreed to return the No. 28 bus to its previous route as per the public’s request. Having this bus go directly(…)

U. of C. goals at Schuster site clear

To the Editor: Your Aug. 21 article “U. of C. denies plans for site” misrepresents my comments about the Schuster Building in a way that confuses the issue. As the Herald previously reported, the university is planning a thorough renovation of the building, which is in need of repairs. The long-term goals of that project(…)

Book fair back in Sept.

Book fair back in Sept.

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern The 27th annual Hyde Park Children’s Book Fair is on the horizon. On Sept. 22 from noon to 5 p.m., families can head to Nichols Park, 1355 E. 53rd St., to buy books, meet costumed characters and authors and participate in other activities. Rebecca Janowitz, a previous organizer of the(…)

Kenwood, Ray in school news

Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. The Kenwood Academy Jazz Band has been invited to play at the Chicago Jazz Festival for the seventh consecutive year. The band will play at 3:45 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Chicago Community Trust Young Jazz Lions Pavilion Harris Theater Rooftop in Millennium Park. Ray Elementary(…)

Question over lots

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern After Woodlawn residents voiced their concerns over vacant lots in their neighborhood, the U. of C. has reaffirmed its desire to “be a good neighbor,” but isn’t making specific promises in every case. At a Civic Engagement community meeting held at the School of Social Service Administration, 969 E. 60th(…)

Whole foods on track for 2015 arrival

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Whole Foods is still planning on opening its first South Side store inside City Hyde Park in 2015, despite neighborhood rumors to the contrary. “I’m happy to report that there’s no truth to the rumor,” said Eli Ungar, principal at Antheus Capital. “People like to speculate about these things.” Antheus(…)

Elder abuse is misunderstood, underreported

By ANDREW HOLZMAN According to the Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA), 11,840 reports of elder abuse were received by state authorities in fiscal year 2012. Study after study has shown that many more cases go unreported. In some of those 11,840 reported cases, the neglect or abuse was willful. That someone would take advantage of(…)

Kenwood head gets honor

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School Principal Gregory Jones was selected to the 2014 program of Leadership Greater Chicago Fellowship. Jones was the only Chicago Public Schools employee to be selected this year. The Leadership Greater Chicago Fellowship program, which has been in place since 1983, selects leaders from various companies,(…)

Resident tries to slow Blackstone

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park resident Steve Benson is preparing a petition for the installation of speed bumps on Blackstone Avenue between 59th and 57th streets. Benson said he wants the speed bumps installed for the safety of pedestrians, especially children, who live in the area and is drafting the petition to(…)