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Local art wall hidden casualty in wake of Vue53 development

Local art wall hidden casualty in wake of Vue53 development

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer When demolition begins on the Mobil station on 53rd Street later this summer — to make way for the Vue53 development — the whole site will be leveled. That includes one of the most varying and accessible artistic venues in Chicago. The long, low wall that extends from the eastern(…)

Nile moves, new deli coming to 55th St.

Nile moves, new deli coming to 55th St.

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor The far end of the commercial strip located at the northwest corner of 55th Street and Woodlawn Avenue will house two new restaurants by this fall. The Nile Restaurant opened its new, roughly 2,600 square foot space on June 14, while Chicago Heights-based Bergstein’s NY Deli owner Bill(…)

House returns to Hyde Park

House returns to Hyde Park

By MARIA CASTELLUCCI Herald Intern The 23rd Annual Chosen Few Old School Reunion, a daylong celebration of house music hosted by the Chosen Few DJs, will be held July 6 at Jackson Park. The huge event has performances by the Chosen Few DJs, a group of popular house music deejays who came together in the(…)

Local student wins in competition

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Nicole Frank, a 10-year-old violinist who recently completed the fourth grade at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, was the First Place Winner in violin at this past weekend’s 43rd Annual Granquist Music Competition. Tenacious study, determination and the right-fit of Frank’s instrument all played a part in her(…)

“Great Controversy” premieres

The Logan Center for the Arts at 915 E. 60th St. will be holding a premiere for the Chicago-based film, “Great Controversy” on June 30 at 6 p.m. The film, a Christian project, is directed by Marc C. Thevenin and features a loose interpretation of the conclusion of the 1858 publication of “The Great Controversy”(…)

Review: “A Cole Porter Songbook”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Theo Ubique, No Exit Café, 6970 N. Glenwood Ave. When: through September 1st Tickets: $29-$59 (some prices include dinner) Phone: 800-595-4849 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Theo Ubique has carved out a niche with cabaret-style revues exploring the repertoire of individual songwriters for the theater ranging from Harold Arlen to Kurt Weill,(…)

Review: “Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story”

SLIGHTLY RECOMMENDED Where: Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St. When: through June 30 Tickets: $22-$85 Phone: 800-775-2000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic I’ve seen the 1989 juke box musical “Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story” several times, each time anticipating a lively nostalgia-filled evening showcasing many of the ground-breaking rock ’n’ roller’s terrific songs.(…)

Point off limits for private event this weekend

Point off limits for private event this weekend

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Somebody’s getting hitched; just who wedding bells will be ringing for is the secret. Workers began erecting a large tent in the center of Promontory Point Monday. The tent, which is longer than a football field, will be fully cleaned up by Tuesday July 2. Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) said(…)

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.(…)