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Review: “2666”

Review: “2666”

RECOMMENDED Where: Goodman Theatre, Owen Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. When: through March 20 Tickets: $20-$45 Phone: 312-443-3800 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic The Goodman Theatre world premiere of “2666,” the late Chilean poet Roberto Bolaño’s massive 900-page novel adapted and directed for the stage by Robert Falls and Seth Bockley, is one of those(…)

Benign neglect has not helped Jackson Park

To the Editor: Ms. Newhouse is correct (Herald, March 2, 2016). The Paul H. Douglas Nature Sanctuary occupies a significant portion of Wooded Island in Jackson Park, and almost all of the park is a haven for migratory and resident birds. Squirrels and other mammals, turtles, fishes, and a vast array of invertebrates — insects,(…)

HP Players double performances

HP Players double performances

This month, Hyde Park Community will perform two full productions for two weekends, March 11-13 and 18-20, at University Church, 5655 S. University Ave. Jar the Floor, by Chicago native, Cheryl L. West. opens first, at 8 p.m., Friday, March 11. In the play, four generations of African-American women gather in their Park Forest home(…)

Comer hosts Irish coffee benefit

Comer hosts Irish coffee benefit

The University of Chicago Comer Children’s Service Committee will hold its 49th annual Irish Coffee Benefit from 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM on Saturday, March 12, 2016, at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Avenue in Hyde Park, Chicago. Admission is $10.00. Attendees will be treated to real Irish coffee and delicious homemade goodies while(…)

Dr. Quentin Young remembered in Hyde Park

Dr. Quentin Young remembered in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park native, Dr. Quentin Young, who served the community through his health practice and activism, died Monday, March 7 at the age of 92. Born in 1923, Young lived on the South Side his whole life. His son, Michael Young, said Hyde Park has always been where his roots(…)

U. of C. student organization endorses Mitchell

U. of C. student organization endorses Mitchell

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The University of Chicago student organization Campaign for Equitable Policing (CEP) endorsed State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26th), Friday, March 4, on the steps of Levitt Hall, 5801 S. Ellis Ave. Mitchell is currently facing community organizer Jay Travis in the battle for the 26th district. Cosmo Albrecht, a CEP representative(…)

Congressman Bobby Rush ready for another term

Congressman Bobby Rush ready for another term

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-1) is up against three Democrats and two Republicans for yet another election cycle, but to him, it’s just another day on the job that he has held for 23 years. “I’ve been focusing on trying to do my job in Washington while at the same(…)

HP Chamber hosts Ancien Cycles ribbon cutting

HP Chamber hosts Ancien Cycles ribbon cutting

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Ancien Cycles was officially welcomed into the neighborhood March 1 with a grand opening and ribbon cutting event hosted by the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce. The new cycle store and café at 1558 E. 53rd St. is for healthy lifestyle enthusiasts looking for a little something extra. One of(…)

Elected representative school board bill passes House

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer After being introduced last year, House Bill 0557, which calls for an elected representative school board in Chicago, was passed in the Illinois House of Representatives last Thursday in a 110-4 margin. Illinois State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) voted for the bill, however, State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) was(…)

Tricap Residential Group renovates homes in HP

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A new property management company that focuses on renovating old buildings into newer spaces has settled in Hyde Park. Tricap Residential Group bought 5501 S. Everett Ave. in August from the Realty & Mortgage management company and began renovations in early October. The renovations are nearing completion, and leasing for(…)

Yoga for the incarcerated

Yoga for the incarcerated

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer As criminal justice reform continues to push its way to the forefront of this nation’s political dialogue, some activists are touting yoga as a remedy to the physical and psychological confines of incarceration. On Saturday, March 5, the Socially Engaged Yoga Network (SEYN) hosted a panel discussion at Chaturanga Holistic(…)

Pinball Bandit in custody

Pinball Bandit in custody

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The “Pinball Bandit,” who is thought to be responsible for six Chicago bank robberies since Jan 13., three of which were in Hyde Park, has been apprehended by law enforcement. FBI officials have identified the man as Nashun Langford. According to a statement from FBI Task Force Officer Kevin Pietruszka,(…)

Kenwood assistant principal recognized by Illinois State Treasurer

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School’s assistant principal, Karen Calloway, received an award for outstanding commitment in education from Illinois State Treasurer, Michael Frerichs, last month. Awards were given at a celebration for the achievements of African Americans in the Chicago area to commemorate Black History Month. Calloway was one of five(…)

Elected school board bill passes House

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer After being introduced last year, House Bill 0557, which calls for an elected representative school board in Chicago, was passed in the Illinois House of Representatives yesterday in a 110-4 margin. Illinois State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) voted for the bill, however, State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) was one(…)

LEGO structures on display at MSI

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer An exhibit exploring the key principles of engineering, construction and architecture through dozens of LEGO-built structures will open next week at the Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr. The exhibit, titled “Brick by Brick,” will include a 60-foot-long Golden Gate Bridge, the Hoover Dam–made with 42,000(…)

Hales clinch IHSA 2A State Regional Title

Hales clinch IHSA 2A State Regional Title

By Joseph Phillips Sports Writer Thanks to a playoff career high of 27 points, 13 assist and five steals by Milton Wordlow, the Hales Franciscan Spartans defeated the Bowen High School Boilermakers 74-56 in the second round of the IHSA 2A State Regional Playoffs. “I wanted to play well for my teammates!” Wordlow said, after(…)

Bret Harte falls to St. Sabina 40-28

Bret Harte falls to St. Sabina 40-28

By Joseph Phillips Sports Writer On Saturday Feb. 27, at St. Columbanus gymnasium, 331 E 71st St. the Bret Harte Elementary School basketball team fell to St. Sabina Catholic School 40-28 in front of a packed house of community supporters for both teams. In the first half, St. Sabina would jump out to leads of(…)

Pinball Bandit robs another bank in Hyde Park

Pinball Bandit robs another bank in Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Fifth Third Bank at 1420 E. 53rd St. was robbed on Wednesday, March 2. According to the FBI, the suspected offender is the same man responsible for having robbed five other Chicago banks since Jan. 13. The FBI has dubbed the man the “Pinball Bandit” for the frequency and(…)

Kenwood students show art in statewide exhibition

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Illinois High School Art Exhibition (IHSAE), which will take place Sunday, March 6, will include work from five students from Kenwood Academy High School. From 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. at the Zhou B Art Center, 1029 W. 35th St., 93 schools from across the state will show off(…)

Authors discuss money in politics at Seminary Co-op

Authors discuss money in politics at Seminary Co-op

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Authors Wendell Potter and Nick Penniman stopped by the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., Tuesday, March 1, to discuss big money’s suffocating grip on our nation’s democracy. In their new book, “Nation On The Take,” Potter and Penniman illustrate an American government that is controlled, at every level,(…)