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New project highlights the great and ordinary Hyde Parker

New project highlights the great and ordinary Hyde Parker

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A larger-than-life street art installation is taking over Hyde Park with portraits of familiar community members. Hyde Park Heroes features 15 Hyde Parkers as depicted in large-scale banners in various locations around the community. Chris Devins was inspired to explore the identity of the community he has called home his(…)

University closes Reynolds Club Barbershop

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On July 17, the University of Chicago permanently closed the doors to the Reynolds Club Barbershop, 5706 S. University Ave, which, for many years, served the haircutting needs of faculty, students and community members alike. In a statement published July 17, the university praised the contributions of the Reynolds Club’s(…)

Farming goes urban in Hyde Park

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Having a successful farm may sound silly in the city of Chicago, but a few places in the Hyde Park area are growing fresh produce in the midst of the urban jungle. In an effort to care for the community’s environment as well as its health, urban gardens are growing(…)

“Dear White People” filmmaker Justin Simien visits Logan Center

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A screening of “Dear White People” accompanied by a question-and-answer session with the film’s writer and director, Justin Simien, was the last event in a three-day series of workshops on race and identity taking place across Chicago. The screening occurred on Sunday, Aug. 16, at the Logan Arts Center, 915(…)

Community goes on hunger strike for Dyett High School

Community goes on hunger strike for Dyett High School

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer In a last-ditch effort to call attention to what they believe is an unfair request for proposal (RFP) process led by Chicago Public Schools (CPS), protestors gathered at Dyett High School on Monday morning to participate in a hunger strike. Anger has been building up in the community about the(…)

Review: “Moby Dick”

Review: “Moby Dick”

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Where: Lookingglass Theatre Company, Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. When: through August 28 Tickets: $40-$80 Phone: 312-337-0665 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Anytime Lookingglass Theatre Company teams up with The Actors Gymnasium, the results are bound to be special. But their tenth collaboration, the world premiere of “Moby Dick,” is(…)

Still the best

By M.L.RANTALA Classical Music Critic William Grant Still (1895 – 1978) is an American composer whose quality of musical compositions in a large number of forms unaccountably far exceeds his current reputation. He wrote in an unapologetically populist style, rejecting most 20th century compositional techniques (although he had once studied with Edgar Varèse), instead insisting(…)

Hyde Park is not bashing Metra

To the Editor: We would like to clarify for the community that “bash[ing the] Metra app” was not the purpose of action at the July 22 Metra board meeting, reported on in the August 5 Hyde Park Herald. We acknowledge that Metra’s “Ventra Mobile App” will offer many benefits, but those benefits will only be(…)

I Am We launches new campaign

I Am We launches new campaign

By EMMA HERMAN Herald Intern Local non-profit organization I Am We will launch a new initiative next Saturday, aimed at improving high school graduation rates among youth in underserved Chicago neighborhoods. Woodlawn resident Latisha Thomas moved from the North Side several years ago and founded I Am We shortly after. The stated goal of the(…)

African Fest returning to Washington Park in September

African Fest returning to Washington Park in September

By EMMA HERMAN Herald Intern The grounds of Washington Park will be transformed over Labor Day weekend, as the park plays host to the African Festival of the Arts. The African Fest, which will run from Sept. 4 to Sept. 7, will feature more than 300 artists and performers from Africa and the African diaspora.(…)

Plastic bag ban no sweat for local businesses; chains work harder

Plastic bag ban no sweat for local businesses; chains work harder

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The plastic bag ban that was implemented citywide on Aug. 1 has caused some headaches for Chicago shoppers, but Hyde Park’s mom-and-pop stores aren’t seeing any effects from the issue. The new law is required for chain stores (businesses with three or more stores having common ownership) that have a(…)

Hyde PArk Community Players performances continue

Hyde PArk Community Players performances continue

By EMMA HERMAN Herald Intern Hyde Park has much to offer its resident thespians in the upcoming month, thanks to the wide variety of events hosted by the Hyde Park Community Players. The Players, founded in 2009 by Paul and Rachel Baker, have successfully staged more than a dozen productions over the last six years.(…)