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Blue Gargoyle to serve community once more

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer In 2009, The Blue Gargoyle closed its doors after serving South Side residents for over four decades with youth activities, youth and adult education programs and social services. Now, seven years later, the Blue Gargoyle is coming back to provide community needs once again. The nonprofit organization originally closed due(…)

Washington Park Vet Center faces closure,looks to private donors

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Washington Park’s Remake The World (RTW) Vet Center has until October to remedy a number of building code violations or else it faces closure by the city. Founded in 2010 by the husband-wife duo of Arnetha Gholston-Habeel and Daniel “Doc” Habeel, RTW Vet Center, 5536 S. King Dr., has developed(…)

SMART Museum to host Comics Fest with South Side Artist

Herald Intern The University of Chicago’s SMART Museum of Art, 5500 S. Greenwood Ave., will host its monthly Family Day tomorrow, July 9 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. This month’s event is comic-themed and will feature local artist Donavan Tribble. The event, which the museum says is best for children ages(…)

U. of C. graduate celebrates release of new book

 Herald Intern Author and University of Chicago graduate, Kalisha Buckhanon, will present her new novel Solemn at 57th St books, 1301 E 57th St., at 6 p.m. Friday July 8. At the event, Chicago Book Celebration for Solemn, a Novel, Bukhanon will speak and give a reading of the novel. Afterward, a(…)

Robie house hosts family events

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(…)

Harper Court flower store closes

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The floral design store, Nancy Krause, 5229 S. Harper Ct., closed its doors for good on Tuesday, July 5, after being in the Hyde Park neighborhood for two years. Krause said that despite loyal clientele, the store wasn’t generating as much business as her Lincoln Park store located at 1101(…)

Community activist to lead “die-in” outside Obama’s home

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Community organizer and former 5th Ward aldermanic candidate Jedidiah Brown is calling for a “die-in” outside President Barack Obama’s home, later today, to urge the president to take a stronger stance on police brutality. “We understand that we are in a crisis situation in America,” Brown said. “We do not(…)

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 graduate Cyrus Baldridge (1889-1977), traveler, artist and author, now has his own exhibit in the University of Chicago’s Special Collections Research Center Exhibition Library. The exhibit opened Friday, June 24 in the library at 1100 E. 57th St. The exhibit, “Cyrus Leroy Baldridge: Illustrator, Explorer, Activist,”(…)

Podcast taping at the Promontory

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern “The Clock is the Enemy” podcast will have a live taping at the Promontory 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 of(…)

Summer movies return at the Midway

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Midweek on the Midway Movie Series kicks off next week for a summer long outdoor movies series. A special showing 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(…)

U. of C. Service League shows “Spotlight”

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Next Thursday, July 14, the University of Chicago (U. of C.) Service League will host a showing of the Academy Award-winning movie “Spotlight.” The U. of C. Service League, an organization of about 400 women who promote community centered social intercourse, sponsor the showing of a movie on the second(…)

Mother and child win $53 million malpractice trial against UCMC

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern A Cook County jury awarded $53 million to a 12-year old boy and his mother, Thursday June 30, a as a result of their 2013 lawsuit against the University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC). This is the largest medical malpractice suit in Cook County history, according to prosecuting attorney Geoffrey(…)

Annual summer concert series returns to Nichols Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The 2016 George Franklin Memorial Summer Sunday Concert Series kicks off this 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(…)

Celebrating Chicago’s Black life with Oscar Brown

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern This Sunday, poet Nikki Giovanni and musician Morris Gearring celebrate the genres of soul and jazz, featuring the musical works of Oscar Brown, Jr. Giovanni and Gearring are performing two shows at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 10, at the Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park West. Gearring(…)

Artist talk with Karen Reimer at HPAC

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Artist Karen Reimer will speak about her immersive installation, “Shoretime Spaceline,” at the Hyde Park Art Center, 5010 S. Cornell Ave., Thursday, July 7, at 6 p.m. “Shoretime Spaceline” looks into the history of the Hyde Park Art Center’s current location, which was home to the Chicago Beach Hotel from(…)

A Wooded Island Problem?

To the Editor: In the early 1890s, the Japanese government, striving to break free of cultural bonds that had shut it off from the western world for centuries, heard about the great World’s Columbian Exposition that was under construction in the burgeoning city of Chicago on the shores of Lake Michigan.  Eager to be welcomed(…)

Stop gap measure a plus but the real work still lies ahead of us

To the Editor:  Last week, just before the beginning of the new fiscal year, the General Assembly passed a stop-gap measure that provides much needed funding for our human service providers, our public universities and most importantly for our local schools to ensure they open on time in the fall. The spending plan provides $1(…)

Stop gap budget shows shared concerns across the aisle

To the Editor:  Along with a bipartisan coalition of my colleagues, I proudly voted for a compromise that will allow schools to open on time, fund state government operations for the next six months, keep road and transit construction workers on the job and provide desperately needed relief to our human services providers. This long-overdue(…)

Review: Muti leads CSO in booming, beautiful season closer

Review: Muti leads CSO in booming, beautiful season closer

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic The 125th season of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra concluded last month with an all-Bruckner program lead by music director Riccardo Muti. Before the performance on the penultimate Thursday of June (the first of three performances of the same program) Muti told the audience that the concert was dedicated to(…)

Review: “Death of a  Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody”

Review: “Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody”

RECOMMENDED Where: Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe When: through Aug. 14 Tickets: $35-$80 Phone: 847-242-6000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic The test of a good parody is that it makes me laugh so hard the tears start rolling down my cheeks. “Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody,” which is inaugurating Writers’(…)