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Harper halloween a success again

To the Editor: Not booo! But, hurrah! I would like to express my appreciation and gratitude to the many people on Harper Avenue between 57th and 59th streets who put so much imagination and effort and money into creating an exciting and unusual “Halloween Center” for Hyde Park. Year after year I send newcomers and(…)

A fond farewell — and thanks — to Village Foods

To the Editor: Farewell to longstanding 4th Ward business and community partner, Village Foods. Thank you for the generous food and general merchandise donation. It will serve a great cause and be used for our upcoming 4th Ward holiday community events: The Annual Thanksgiving Feed the Needy and The Annual Christmas Food Basket Donations. Throughout(…)

Vote — for yourself and your community

BY STATE SEN. KWAME RAOUL (D-13) I voted this past week, and I encourage you to do the same. With early voting available to all registered voters now through Nov. 3, we have little excuse to avoid our civic duty and cherished right. With my ballot cast, I now turn my attention to making certain(…)

A rough budget season in Springfield hurts important programs

By STATE REP. BARBARA FLYNN CURRIE (D-25) The spring session of the Illinois General Assembly saw some winners—and some losers. I’ll write about the winners another time. This report focuses on the people who depend upon the state for help and for services but who found themselves with the short end of the stick this(…)

Thinking seriously about food

By GABRIELLE DARVASSY I can’t tell you how excited I am to have an opportunity to write in my local community newspaper. You may have read in the July 7 edition of the Herald that my husband, Ron, and I have opened a vegan and raw restaurant, B’Gabs Goodies located at 6100 S. Blackstone Ave.,(…)

Challenging us to make a change

By ANGELA HABR-PARANJAPE As I flipped through real estate ads in the Herald a few weeks ago, my heart did a jig at one bold-faced heading: “Energy-conscious Co-op Association.” “Wow, could we finally be catching on?” I wondered to myself. I’m no longer in the market for property, but three years ago when I was,(…)

Taking another look at plastic use

By ANGELA HABR-PARANJAPE I had always thought of myself as a responsible pet owner. Retracing the steps of my golden retriever, Rudy, on our walk down 53rd Street, I would be sure to collect every bit of his “mess.” A bread bag, perhaps used a time or two before, would do the job fine. I’d(…)

Celebration of the work of Max Janowski

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Last month Chicago A Cappella drew over three hundred people to K.A.M.I.I., across the street from the Obama house, for a celebration of the work of Max Janowski. With only a few exceptions, used for contrast, the program was entirely the music of Janowski, who served as music director(…)

The South Shore Opera Company

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic The South Shore Opera Company of Chicago celebrated its 4th anniversary at a gala concert at the South Shore Cultural Center the last Saturday of October. While still a young group, they have been deft at audience development and a a good-sized crowd in the Paul Robeson theater. The(…)

New Logan Center charms

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Everyone’s talking about the new Logan Center, and with good reason. It’s big and in places beautiful, and while it’s short on bike racks, it’s long on interesting events. Last Tuesday the University of Chicago Presents brought Fabio Biondi and Europa Galante to the Performance Hall at Logan Center,(…)

Bette Cerf Hill at HPAC

A show featuring abstract work from Chicago artist Bette Cerf Hill is opening Sunday at the Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC), 5020 S. Cornell Ave. “String Theory” is a collection of Cerf Hill’s work inspired by concepts of energy and entropy. Along with abstract paintings, the longtime member of HPAC will also exhibit an installation(…)

Sophistiqué owner has big plans

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Hyde Park shopowner Hyman Jackson calls Sophistiqué (pronounced “so-phis-ti-kay”), a “basic boutique.” But he has bigger plans for the corner store located at the intersection of Blackstone Avenue and 52nd Street. “I’m trying to make sure that our vision is realized,” Jackson explained, sitting in his basement-level shop(…)

Silent auction at Ray

Ray Elementary School is hosting its 2nd annual Preschool Silent Auction. The school is seeking donations for items for its auction. On Thursday, Nov. 15, at 5 p.m., Ray, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., will be hosting a silent auction event at the school, which will include dinner and live entertainment. The school is asking community(…)

Chamber dinner a success

Chamber dinner a success

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor A host of local entrepreneurs, community figures and politicians convened last Thursday, Nov. 1, at the 73rd Annual Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce dinner, held at Congregation Rodfei Zedek, 5200 S. Hyde Park Boulevard. High-profile attendees of the event – which kicked off with a 5:30 p.m. reception(…)

Bulls anti-hunger program at Murray

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Chicago Bulls kicked off their annual food drive competition Thursday at Murray Elementary School. Each year, the Chicago Bulls partner with Midway Moving and Storage and Vienna Beef to collect non-perishable food items for the Greater Chicago Food Depository Holiday Food Drive. The basketball franchise creates a competition(…)

Bike share coming to Hyde Park

Bike share coming to Hyde Park

The last of five public meetings to discuss a new bike sharing initiative in Chicago will take place on the South Side of Chicago today, and city officials are seeking input as to where the stations for the program should be located. “Hyde Park will absolutely get stations, and the South Side will absolutely get(…)

Murray flea market launched

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Murray Language Academy Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is adding a flea market to its annual rummage sale, which will take place at the school on Nov. 10. Money raised from the sale goes to providing programs and other resources for the school. Murray’s, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave., community(…)

Hyde Park Players show opens

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Community Players will open “Desire, Desire, Desire” this weekend, their first major production of the season. “Desire Desire Desire” features three parodies of venerated plays. “It’s like Shakespeare — if you do the right thing with it, anyone can get it,” director Corinna Christman said. The first(…)

Artisans 21 moves

Artisans 21 moves

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Artisans 21 recently reopened the arts and crafts co-op storefront that has been a Hyde Park staple for nearly 50 years. “We’re awfully glad to be back,” Rob Borja said. “This is one of the most astonishing co-ops I’ve ever been in.” Artisans 21, which sat in Harper Court for(…)

New Jewish center for U. of C. students

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Jewish students at the University of Chicago have another option on campus to practice their religion and meet other Jewish students. Jewish U formed at the beginning of the semester as an alternative to the campus Hillel. Director Dan Libensen had previously served for six years as the director of(…)