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Terisa Griffin CD release concert tonight at DuSable

By GEORGIA GEIS Special Contributor Chicago fans can celebrate with Chicago’s own Rhythm and Blues diva, Terisa Griffin, at a Pink Carpet release concert for her CD “Revival of the Soul” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4 at DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl.; $30 (VIP $60 includes cocktail reception at(…)

Review: “East of Eden”

Review: “East of Eden”

RECOMMENDED Where: Steppenwolf Theatre Company, 1650 N. Halsted St. When: through Nov. 15 Tickets: $20-$89 Phone: 312-335-1650 When Steppenwolf Theatre announced that it was kicking off its fortieth season with the world premiere of Frank Galati’s adaptation of John Steinbeck’s “East of Eden” directed by ensemble co-founder Terry Kinney, excitement ran high. Even theatergoers who(…)

Review: “Ride the Cyclone”

Review: “Ride the Cyclone”

RECOMMENDED Where: Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Navy Pier When: through Nov. 15 Tickets: $30-$48 Phone: 312-595-5600 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic In an interview in the program for “Ride the Cyclone,” Jacob Richmond, who co-authored the musical with Brooke Maxwell, says the inspiration was a desire to humanize the idea of a mass tragedy(…)

Irma Pickens

Irma Pickens

Irma Pickens, a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ, began her eternal rest Thursday, October 29, 2015.  She is best known as “The mastermind behind the Pickens Family!” Pickens met her husband of 56 years, jazz pianist Willie Pickens, when she was an aspiring vocalist. Willie Pickens moved to Hyde Park in 1958 from Milwaukee(…)

R&B performer makes DuSable appearance

R&B performer makes DuSable appearance

By GEORGIA GEIS Special Contributor Terisa Griffin, Chicago’s own Rhythm and Blues diva, knows something about love and loss. And it is this knowledge she pours into her latest CD, Revival of Soul. Chicago fans can celebrate with Griffin at her Pink Carpet CD release concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4 at DuSable Museum(…)

South Parks Workshop coming to Washington Park

South Parks Workshop coming to Washington Park

The Chicago Park District, Project 120 and Heritage Landscapes are inviting the public to a “South Parks Workshop” on Monday, Nov. 9, from 2-7 p.m. The workshop will take place at the Washington Park Refectory, 5531 S. Russell Dr., which is the colonnaded building at the center of the park. The day starts off with(…)

Historical society seeks Despres nominations

Historical society seeks Despres nominations

The Hyde Park Historical Society is seeking nominations for its annual Despres Award which is given to individuals, institutions or organizations for outstanding achievements in the preservation of Hyde Park’s architectural heritage. Any project or building within the bounds of Hyde Park Township – 35th Street to 139th Street, State Street to Lake Michigan –(…)

Broncos fall short in playoffs

Broncos fall short in playoffs

By Joseph Phillips Sports Writer In the first round of the 2015 IHSA State Playoffs, the 4th seeded Kenwood Broncos fell to the 16th seeded Deerfield Warriors 49-6 on Saturday evening at Gately Stadium. “Tough loss for our guys.”said coach Jack Ramsey of Kenwood Academy. “We prepared very well for our opponent but fell short(…)

Lights at La Quinta dash its promise

To the Editor: I am an owner/neighbor resident of an East Hyde Park/Kenwood condominium area along the lake shore otherwise known as the “Indian Village” (48th-51st Streets….The Powhatan, The Narragansett, The Barclay, 5000 East End and 5000 Cornell, to name a few). These historic and landmarked architectural jewels that we call home have seen their(…)

Comey’s YouTube effect is a fiction

To the Editor: At a recent event at the University of Chicago Law School (FBI head visits U. of C. campus, Oct. 28, 2015), UC Alum and FBI Director James Comey spoke to the audience regarding the “Ferguson” effect, in which police officers pull back from confronting some situations because they fear that they will(…)

University of Chicago threatens natural space

To the Editor: Just as the U of C is riding roughshod over our city parks by insisting that the proposed Obama Library be built in a public park instead of by acquiring and improving private land for this worthy project, it now proposes to destroy its own beautiful natural space. As a young child(…)

Timuel Black to receive honors from the Urban League

Timuel Black to receive honors from the Urban League

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Long time Bronzeville resident Timuel Black is receiving the significant honor of The Edwin C. “Bill” Berry Civil Rights Award at the Chicago Urban League’s 54th Annual Golden Fellowship Dinner. Each year, the Chicago Urban League, 4510 S. Michigan Ave., honors those who have left a positive and lasting impact(…)

Program highlights power of women

Program highlights power of women

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Once a month, a group of women meet to talk about inspiration, creativity and resources in their field of work. Although these women’s careers range from designer to musician, and small business owner to photographer, these women all share one common thing: they are all a female boss. The Chicago(…)

Fight erupts in store

Fight erupts in store

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Joush Om, the owner of Valley of Jordan Food, 1009 E. 53rd St., was arrested last Friday, Oct. 23, following an argument with a 12-year-old middle school student. Ebony Byrd Wesley, the boy’s mother, said that after her son used only pennies to pay for a ten cent piece of(…)

Boutique hotel meeting talks design and parking

Boutique hotel meeting talks design and parking

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The second meeting for the boutique hotel proposal for 53rd Street and Dorchester Avenue took place last night to discuss the design’s concept and to address the pressing concerns of the community. GREC Architects presented a design rendering for what the seven-story hotel might look like. Greg Randall, from GREC(…)

Does community policing work?

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) has long been touted by law enforcement and elected officials as an effective means of addressing the discord between police officers and minority communities. However, The Black Youth Project 100 (BYP 100), a social justice organization located in Hyde Park (5733 S. University Ave.),(…)

Student organization calls for reform of UCPD oversight committee

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Campaign for Equitable Policing (CEP), a student-led organization at the University of Chicago, held a series of events last week with the ultimate goal of encouraging reforms within the university-appointed committee charged with reviewing complaints brought against the University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD). The CEP’s week of teach-ins,(…)

Improv to return to Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer An art form that began in Hyde Park is getting a revival, literally, with a newly established comedy club that will dedicate itself to entertaining audiences, and of course, making people laugh along the way. Hyde Park resident John Stoops has always had a love of comedy, particularly improvisational comedy,(…)

Hyde Park Junior Spartans Football Makes Impact On The Community


Hyde Park Junior Spartans Football Makes Impact On The Community


By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer The Hyde Park Junior Spartans hosted the Gators of Garfield Park in a highly anticipated first round playoff match-up, Saturday, Oct. 31., at Hales Franciscan High School, 4930 S. Cottage Grove Ave. The team boasts some of the top talent of the Chicago South Town United Youth Football League (UYFL).(…)

Storytelling on Hyde Park’s history

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Saturday, Nov. 7, the Hyde Park Historical Society will feature a special presentation about the stories that surround Hyde Park’s history. Susan O’Connor Davis, author of “Chicago’s Hyde Park History”, will discuss little-known stories about the neighborhood and their historic significance. The event will take place at the Augustana(…)