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57th Street Books to host discussion with literary agent

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th St., will host an “Ask the Agent” fest on Thursday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m. The agent, Lori Kilkelly from Rodeen Literary Management, will answer pre-selected questions about publishing, particularly in children’s literature, sent in by members of the audience before the event. The(…)

NPR storytelling show plants its feet in Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Moth Radio Hour, a National Public Radio storytelling program, has extended its wings into Hyde Park. Tuesday marked the inaugural night of a monthly residency for The Moth at the Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. The Promontory will continue to host the storytelling event every second Tuesday of(…)

Police alert community to July robberies

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Chicago Police are warning community residents of two similar robbery incidents that occurred recently. Police said that in each of the instances, two Black males, 25-28 years of age, each weighing approximately 210 lbs., approach a victim on the street, place a sharp object in the victim’s back and seize(…)

Review:  “Chimerica”

Review: “Chimerica”

RECOMMENDED Where: TimeLine Theatre Company, 615 W. Wellington Ave. When: through July 31 Tickets: $22-$51 Phone: 773-281-8463 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Lucy Kirkwood’s “Chimerica,” a London hit and winner of the 2014 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play, is a not unfamiliar blend of mystery-thriller and newspaper procedural sparked by the iconic photo(…)

Review:  “Bat Boy: The Musical”

Review: “Bat Boy: The Musical”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Griffin Theatre Company at The Den Theatre’s Heath Main Stage, 1329 N. Milwaukee Ave. When: through July 24 Tickets: $39.50 Phone: 866-811-4111 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Judging by the riotous audience response at the performance I attended (not the opening), Griffin Theatre Company’s Chicago premiere of “Bat Boy: The Musical” has(…)

Op-Ed: Mikva’s Lesson on Democracy Resonates Today

I grew up four blocks away from Abner Mikva’s house in Evanston. In the late 70’s, my contact with then Congressman Mikva was limited to trips to his house on Halloween when he or one of his family members would hand out full size Hershey bars to the neighborhood ghosts and pirates. I appreciated his largesse so(…)

Jennie Mendelson, 94

Jennie Mendelson, 94

Jennie Mendelson (nee Rosenberg) died on June 28 at the age of 94. Mendelson grew up in New Jersey, attended Newark College of Engineering and moved to Hyde Park in Chicago with her late husband Saul Mendelson in the late 1940’s. Later they moved to South Shore. Mendelson was active in politics and a generous(…)

Abner Mikva 1926-2016

Abner Mikva 1926-2016

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Longtime Hyde Park resident and former local politician Abner Mikva passed away on Monday, July 4, at the age of 90. Mikva’s Hyde Park legacy began when he started as a student at the University of Chicago Law School in 1948. It was when he was living in Hyde Park(…)

Litehouse Grill hosts rap battle at biweekly tournament

Litehouse Grill hosts rap battle at biweekly tournament

By Sonia Schlesinger HERALD INTERN The Litehouse Whole Food Grill, 1373 E. 53rd St., will host its biweekly Open Mic Night on Friday, July 15, at 8 p.m. While the event, run by Ronald Edwards, usually includes pre-selected artists, this week’s Open Mic will feature the second round of a rap battle that began at(…)

“The Clock is the Enemy” podcast taping at the Promontory

“The Clock is the Enemy” podcast taping at the Promontory

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern “The Clock is the Enemy” podcast will have a live taping at the Promontory on Sunday, July 17. Recorded in front of a live studio audience, “The Clock is the Enemy” showcases people, live music and comedy in a format that is similar to classic Chicago radio and TV. Host(…)

U. of C. Service League shows “Spotlight”

U. of C. Service League shows “Spotlight”

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Thursday, July 14, the University of Chicago (U. of C.) Service League will host a showing of the Academy Award-winning movie “Spotlight.” July’s movie showing will take place in the community room at Vista Homes, 5844 S. Stony Island Ave. All community members are welcome to attend the screening, which(…)

Summer “Movies in the Park” return to the Midway

Summer “Movies in the Park” return to the Midway

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Midweek on the Midway Movie Series began Sunday, July 10, for a summer long outdoor movies series. A special showed of “E.T. The Extra Terrestrial” will show this Sunday, July 10, at the Midway Plaisance as part of the Chicago Park District’s Movies in the Parks summer series but(…)

Nonviolence workshop at Chicago Theological Seminary

Nonviolence workshop at Chicago Theological Seminary

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern The Chicago Theological Seminary is hosting an introductory workshop to Kingian Nonviolence Aug. 3-4. Registration to be involved ends July 27. Aimed at teachers and community activists, workshop participants will learn about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s philosophy regarding nonviolent methods of knowledge and skills to solve conflict peacefully. Led(…)

Robie house hosts family events during summer months

Robie house hosts family events during summer months

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern The Robie House is holding a number of family events this month, including a special event, “Nights at the Museum,” on July 21. “Nights at the Museum” is a program in partnership with Museum Campus South, which includes the Museum of Science and Industry, the DuSable Museum and the Oriental(…)

Nichols Park summer concert series

Nichols Park summer concert series

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The 2016 George Franklin Memorial Summer Sunday Concert Series began Sunday, July 10, at Nichols Park. Concerts run every Sunday in July and August, as well as two Sundays in September on Sept. 4 and Sept. 11. The free shows are from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. at Nichols Park,(…)

University of Chicago alum gets his own exhibit

University of Chicago alum gets his own exhibit

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Class of 1911 University of Chicago graduate Cyrus Baldridge (1889-1977), traveler, artist and author, now has his own exhibit in the University of Chicago’s U. of C. Special Collections Research Center Exhibition Library. The exhibit opened Friday, June 24, in the library at 1100 E. 57th St. The exhibit, “Cyrus(…)

John Rogers Sr. honored with street naming

John Rogers Sr. honored with street naming

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern Hyde Park residents, city officials and family of John W. Rogers Sr. gathered at Stony Island Avenue and 57th Street on the morning of July 5 to dedicate an honorary street sign to the late Judge. Several city officials and family members gave tributes to Rogers, including Cook County Board(…)