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Lots of parking in Hyde Park, but most of it private: study

Lots of parking in Hyde Park, but most of it private: study

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park has plenty of parking, it’s just not publicly accessible. That was what a study, commissioned by the South East Chicago Commission and carried out by T. Y. Lin International, found. Jim Considine, chief planner with T. Y. Lin International, presented the results at the 53rd Street Tax Increment(…)

New executive director at Neighborhood Club

New executive director at Neighborhood Club

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Sarah Diwan has been named the new executive director of the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club. Outgoing executive director Jennifer Bosch recommended Diwan for the promotion. Diwan was the director of Early Childhood Programs at Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC), 5480 S. Kenwood Ave., before she assumed the role of(…)

Hyde Park Art Center turned over to students

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern The Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC), 5020 S. Cornell Ave., will hold a reception for a student-curated exhibit on Saturday, Aug. 2, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit’s theme, “Mind the Gap,” explores spaces between objects and people. Nine students from the Curatorial Practices course, part of(…)

Kenwood Academic Center to move into Canter Middle School

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Kenwood High School Academic Center will move into the recently vacated Canter building in the 2015-2016 school year, according to Ald. Will Burns (4th). Burns released a statement July 22 stating that Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CEO of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Barbara Byrd Bennett met with Kenwood(…)

Program serves local, adventuresome youth

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern In an effort to develop new teaching methods, an initiative of the University of Chicago (U. of C.) is hosting more than 70 teenagers from local high schools for a free summer gaming program, titled “Project S.E.E.D.,” through Aug. 7. Project S.E.E.D., which stands for Story Engineering and Enabling(…)

Fun and frolic at the “Ball at the Savoy”

Fun and frolic at the “Ball at the Savoy”

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Paul Abraham’s “Ball at the Savoy” (original German title: “Ball im Savoy”) is a frisky, frothy concoction jam-packed with soaring melodies, uproarious ditties, grand dance numbers and lots of wholesome fun. Chicago Folks Operetta’s American premiere is a splendid way to spend a summer evening; you’re likely to come(…)

Review: “This Is Our Youth”

RECOMMENDED Where: Steppenwolf Upstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. When: through July 27 Tickets: $20-482 Phone: 312-335-1650 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic I’ve been working on thinking of Kenneth Lonergan’s “This Is Our Youth” as Chekhov for the slacker generation. This isn’t as farfetched as it may seem. Like Chekhov, Lonergan exposes the existential angst(…)

Review: “The Dance of Death”

RECOMMENDED Where: Writers Theatre, Books on Vernon, 664 Vernon Ave., Glencoe When: through Aug. 3 Tickets: $35-$70 Phone: 847-242-6000 The three characters in August Strindberg’s 1900 “The Dance of Death” are nasty pieces of work—and that’s putting it mildly. Factor in the new version by Irish playwright Conor McPherson, Henry Wishcamper’s direction, a trio of(…)