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Community meeting for proposed boutique hotel

A community meeting to discuss the proposal for a boutique hotel on the southeast corner of 53rd Street and Dorchester Avenue will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25 at the Hyatt Hotel, 5225 S. Harper Ave.

Anita Alvarez in conversation at U. of C.

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez will be the guest speaker at the University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) Institute of Politics (IOP), 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave., Wednesday, Feb. 17. During her visit Alvarez, who is a candidate for re-election, will discuss her experience as the first female and first(…)

Spring Convocation at Chicago Theological Seminary

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Chicago Theological Seminary, 1407 E. 60th St., will hold its Spring Convocation at noon Wednesday, Feb. 24. The event is going to focus on African American motherhood and the nature of maternal activity and mother-activism. The Rev. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder will be presenting her address, “A Mother-Whore Is Still(…)

Phenomenal Black Women and Girls Symposium

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Professors, politicians, writers and artists will participate in a University of Chicago (U. of C.) symposium, this Saturday, Feb. 20, that centers on the accomplishments of Black women. The African American Alumni Committee of the university’s School of Social Service Administration is hosting the event, entitled “Phenomenal Black Women and(…)

Jamie Kalven wins Polk Award

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Hyde Park-based journalist Jamie Kalven is the recipient of a George Polk award for Local Reporting. Long Island University revealed the winners of its 67th annual George Polk Awards in Journalism on Feb. 14. Kalven was among 17 winners in 16 categories with subject matter ranging from heroin addiction to(…)

Mitchell endorsed by statewide teacher’s union

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Illinois Education Association (IEA), a statewide teacher’s union, is endorsing State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) in his bid for reelection. The association, which endorsed Mitchell’s opponent Jay Travis during the 2014 primary election, endorsed Mitchell during the general election after Travis lost the primary race. This election year, the(…)

U. of C. panelists discuss global attack on cultural heritage at National Hellenic Museum

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Thursday, Feb. 18, scholars from the University of Chicago (U. of C.) will join a panel of preservationists at the National Hellenic Museum, 333 S. Halsted St., to explore the causes and consequences of iconoclasm and archaeological looting. The event, titled “Antiquities in Peril: Heritage at Risk,” will feature(…)

Muslim community members protest gun violence in Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer This Sunday, Feb. 14, Muslim community members and leaders from across Chicago will convene at First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., to speak out against the city’s continuing tragedy of gun violence. Community group Sirat Chicago and charitable organization the Zakat Foundation of America are hosting the event, which(…)

School News

Bret Harte says farewell to school clerk Valerie Walker, the office clerk at Bret Harte Elementary School, 1556 E. 56th St., is retiring after 37 years at the school. Acceshia Hart will take on the role as the new school clerk when Walker steps down this month. Math presentation at City Elementary City Elementary, 1100(…)

CPS budget cuts to affect area schools

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer At the Kozminksi Elementary School local school council (LSC) meeting Tuesday, Feb. 9, Principal Bernadette Glover told LSC members about drastic cuts from Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Glover and principals from across the city attended a district wide meeting Tuesday where CPS CEO Forrest Claypool announced that $20 million more(…)

Police Task Force holds South Side public forum

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Members of the Chicago Police Accountability Task Force will be at the South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Dr., on Thursday, Feb. 11, to field suggestions from South Side residents, including those living in Hyde Park and Kenwood, on how best to reform the Chicago Police Department (CPD).(…)

Dee Alexander Quartet featured at I-House jazz concert

Dee Alexander Quartet featured at I-House jazz concert

By PATRICK REILLY Global Voices Metcalf Fellow The University of Chicago’s International House (I-House) has hosted its share of high-profile performers over the years. U2 took the stage of its assembly hall during its first U.S. tour in 1982; more recently, I-House celebrated its 83rd birthday with the help of Chicago Blues legend Eddie “The(…)

I-House and Harris  Theater host unusual performances

I-House and Harris Theater host unusual performances

What: “La Voix Humaine” and “Gianni Schicchi” Where: Harris Theater (205 E. Randolph St.) When: Through Feb. 14 Tickets: cot.org By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic The opening night for the first of two performances of a double bill proved to be a winner for Chicago Opera Theater on Saturday. General director Andreas Mitisek has(…)

Review: “Another Word for Beauty”

Review: “Another Word for Beauty”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Goodman Theatre, Albert Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. When: through Feb. 21 Tickets: $25-$75 Phone: 312-443-3800 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic If you like documentary-style plays with lots of characters, a humanitarian message, and plenty of pageantry, the world premiere of José Rivera’s “Another Word for Beauty” at Goodman Theatre may be(…)

Hyde Park Historical Society Annual Dinner

Hyde Park Historical Society Annual Dinner

5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27 Quadrangle Club, 1155 E. 57th St. Featured Speaker: Hyde Park resident and retired Chicago Public School Principal Jay Mulberry Tickets for the dinner are $80, $90 if purchased after Feb.22. Send checks, payable to the Hyde Park Historical Society to Janice A. Knox, c/o Hyde Park Historical Society, 5529 S. Lake Park Ave.,(…)

Broncos advance to second round of city playoffs

Broncos advance to second round of city playoffs

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer In the first round of the Chicago Public League City Playoffs for boys basketball, the fifth ranked Kenwood Academy High School Broncos dominated the Mather High School Rangers 74-37 on their home floor in honor of “Senior Night” celebrating the graduating class of 2016. “Tonight we came out a little(…)

Proposed loud music venue out of sync with Jackson Park

To the Editor:  I am writing to express my concern about the Phoenix Pavilion with Music Court that is planned for Jackson Park, adjacent to the Museum of Science and Industry, as part of the Project 120 collaboration. This is an area of the park that I see many people using for parking, family picnics,(…)

Project 120 will adversly affect daily commute for residents

To the Editor:  If you commute using Cornell Drive, Project 120’s plans are going to affect you. Project 120 plans to have traffic drive over the Clarence Darrow Bridge. In addition to affecting the Paul H Douglas Sanctuary on Wooded Isle which begins about 40 feet away, this new road will make Jackson Park noisier(…)

The community wants a say in changes for Jackson Park

To the Editor: I share the concerns raised by Brenda Nelms and Margaret Schmid in their January 20 letter to the Herald. I live in the 5th Ward, where I have lived for 33 years. During the fall, I wrote both Alderman Hairston and the Project 120 team to raise similar issues, but neither the alderman nor(…)

Let’s keep I-House international

Editor’s note: This letter is being reprinted due to several errors during its original run in our Feb. 3 issue. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. To the Editor: As a 1953-55 alumnus of International House (I-House), I am shocked and grieved at the recent peremptory announcement of the University of Chicago administration(…)