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An evening with Muhammad

“An Evening with the Prophet,” a celebration of the birth of the prophet Muhammad, will feature Muslim chant and poetry. The event will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave. Tahir Abdullah, who was recently appointed assistant director of spiritual life at Rockefeller, brought Muslim(…)

HPAC artist master of surprising

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern Aliyah, a junior at the Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts), lifted her foam horse from a piece of newspaper on the studio floor. An imperfection in the mold she had used left a large, saucer-shaped blob on its head, and she warned that she “hadn’t done it right.”(…)

Teachers helping at Blackstone

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Library Commissioner Brian Bannon recently announced the expansion of the Chicago Public Library’s homework help program “Teacher in the Library.” The “Teacher in the Library” after-school homework program has been a part of the Chicago Public Library (CPL) for 12 years. The current program is(…)

Local pols join jobless youth talk

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Ald. Will Burns (4th) and Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) will join state and local legislative, educational, civic and community leaders for a hearing on youth joblessness. A diverse group of youth will testify on their experiences and the opportunities that employment and education provide. Additionally, education and youth advocacy(…)

Kenwood student in D.C.

By Daschell M. Phillips Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School sophomore Arianna Alexander was chosen by the High School Presidential Inaugural Conference to attend the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C. The High School Presidential Inaugural Conference is held every four years in conjunction with the inauguration of the president and vice president of the(…)

Gun violence talk draws big names to U. of C.

Gun violence talk draws big names to U. of C.

A high-profile discussion on firearms, “The Politics of Guns in America,” took place Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics, 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave. Institute director Darren R. Riesberg and top Obama strategist David Axelrod spoke briefly at the start of the program and panel members, who included Mayor Rahm Emanuel,(…)

Dedication ceremony for the University of Chicago’s new hospital building

Dedication ceremony for the University of Chicago’s new hospital building

A dedication ceremony for the University of Chicago’s new hospital building, the Center for Care and Discovery, was held Monday. Dignitaries, including many from Hyde Park, attended the discussion of the economic impact of the new facility. State Rep. Barbara Flynn-Currie (D-25) attended, and state Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-13) along with Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th)(…)

Rosa Parks stamp to be unveiled at the DuSable Museum King Day event

Rosa Parks stamp to be unveiled at the DuSable Museum King Day event

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The United States Postal Service will unveil its new Rosa Parks Forever Stamp at the DuSable Museum of African American History during its King Day celebration. The museum, 740 E. 56th Pl., is hosting a full day of events on Jan. 21 during its annual King Day Celebration. The(…)

A NEW YEAR’S GIFT WE MUST GIVE OURSELVES

by Timuel D. Black Our holiday season this year was marred by the terrible event in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty babies and six teachers mowed down by a crazed young man with an assault rifle. Twenty lives erased before they had a chance to begin. Lives which may have held the key to curing disease, to(…)

Review “The Book of Mormon”

RECOMMENDED Where: Bank of America Theatre, 18 W. Monroe St. When: through Sept. 8 Tickets: $45-$115 Phone: 800-775-2000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic I’ve been trying to figure out what has made “The Book of Mormon” such a phenomenal hit. Sure, the multiple-award-winning musical with book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and(…)

Review “Hänsel und Gretel”

Review “Hänsel und Gretel”

Where: Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive When: through Jan. 19 Phone: 312-332-2244 By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Fairy tales are an entertaining way of teaching children lessons, often laced with moral instruction. Lyric Opera is now offering a particularly entertaining version of the famous story of “Hänsel und Gretel” in the form(…)

Gang at AI

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Parkers interested in getting an idea of what City Hyde Park will look like once its completed should head to the Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave. Through Feb. 24, “Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects” will be on display at the Art Institute’s Modern Wing. The exhibit(…)

Steinberg lecture at Blackstone

As part of the Friends of Blackstone Library’s 2012-13 Despres Family Memorial Lecture Series, Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg will speak at Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., next Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. There he will discuss his latest book, “You Were Never in Chicago,” which was published last October and has(…)

Open house for St. Thomas Elementary soon

St. Thomas the Apostle School will hold an open house on Tuesday, Jan. 29 in conjunction with Catholic Schools Week. From 8:30 am – 1:00 pm and 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., visitors will have the opportunity to tour the school, 5467 S. Woodlawn Ave., meet teachers and talk with the principal. For more information,(…)

Ray biking

Ray biking

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Ray Elementary School was awarded two pedal-powered bicycles from Climate Cycle’s 2012 Green Schools Grant. The electricity generated from the bikes will be used to power items used in several of the school’s extracurricular programs. Climate Cycle, a Chicago-based non-profit founded to build youth awareness about global warming, provides(…)

Neighborhood club growing

Neighborhood club growing

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club is continuing to add new programs that supplement its After School Learning Lab program. “We offer continuity across childhood offerings that work for each age,” said Sarah Diwan, director of Early Childhood Programs at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club. High School Programs The HPNC(…)

Chamber enters 2013 with new board

Chamber enters 2013 with new board

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Greg Guttman is the new board president of the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce. Guttman, director of marketing at MAC Property Management, replaced Hyde Park Herald Vice President and General Manager Susan Walker. The chamber had a successful 2012 and plans to build on its strengths in 2013, said(…)

Zines get their day at Regenstein

The Special Collections Research Center at the University of Chicago Library, 1100 E. 57th St., opened the exhibit “My Life is an Open Book: D.I.Y. Autobiography” Monday Jan. 14. The exhibit features “zines,” or small, self-published magazines, primarily written by women. A major cultural phenomenon in the 1980s and 90s, zines circulated among friends and(…)

Man accused of spitting on Secret Service

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Kevin Lawrence, 46, is being held on $50,000 bail after he allegedly spit on a Secret Service agent guarding President Barack Obama’s home. Lawrence, who lives on the 5200 block of South Harper Avenue, approached a vehicle with a Secret Service agent inside and spit on the man inside on(…)

King celebrated at DuSable next Monday

The DuSable Museum of African American History will begin its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration with a live screening of the inauguration of President Barack Obama for his second term at President of the United States of America. The inauguration broadcast will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 21, and end following(…)