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Review: “No Wake”

Review: “No Wake”

RECOMMENDED Where: Route 66 Theatre Company at The Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. When: through Feb. 7 Tickets: $35 Phone: 773-404-7336 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic William Donnelly’s “No Wake” tackles an excruciatingly painful subject in an unexpected way, and the 80-minute play’s strengths also are in some ways its weaknesses. Route 66(…)

Review: “Marjorie Prime”

Review: “Marjorie Prime”

RECOMMENDED Where: Writers Theatre at Books on Vernon, 664 Vernon Ave., Glencoe When: through Mar. 13, 2016 Tickets: $35-$70 Phone: 847-242-6000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Jordan Harrison’s “Marjorie Prime,”a 2015 Pulitzer Prize finalist, starts out as a deceptively genial comedy about aging and memory loss but ends up as a disturbing, depressing commentary on(…)

Brenda N. Murphy, 76

Brenda N. Murphy, 76

Long-time Hyde Park resident Brenda Nelligan Murphy, died peacefully at home with her family on January 8, 2016 after an extended illness. Brenda was born in Poughkeepsie, NY on July 21, 1939 to Thomas P. and Jean (Denzig) Nelligan, graduated from Oakwood School and went on to attend William Smith College in Geneva, NY. Postponing(…)

Lydia Goodwin, 87

Lydia Goodwin, 87

Lydia Goodwin (Steinway), 87, died in Chicago on Jan. 5 of cardiac arrest, surrounded by family. Lydia was born in New York to Theodore and Ruth Steinway (Davis), the youngest of six children. After attending Dalton, Putney, Smith and the University of Chicago, she taught French for many years at the University of Chicago Laboratory(…)

School News

School News

Information sessions at the Chicago Free School, KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation, 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd. The Chicago Free School is hosting two information sessions. The sessions will take place from 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24 at KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation, 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd. and 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.(…)

Robinson leads Kenwood to victory over King College Prep

Robinson leads Kenwood to victory over King College Prep

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer Thanks to three game changing dunks and a game high of 22 points, forward Nick Robinson and the Kenwood Academy High School Broncos Basketball team prevailed over conference foes King College Prep Jaguars, Thursday night, in front of a packed house in the Jaguar gymnasium. “We knew we could come back,” said Robinson after being down by as many(…)

Margo Jefferson speaks at U. of C. Seminary Co-op

Margo Jefferson speaks at U. of C. Seminary Co-op

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Margo Jefferson, a book and theater critic for The New York Times and winner of a Pulitzer Prize for criticism, visited the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., on Thursday, Jan. 14, to speak on her most recent accomplishment, “Negroland: A Memoir.” “Negroland” takes a look at Jefferson’s upbringing(…)

To the Editor

To the Editor: Though the Hyde Park Herald covers interests and concerns of the Hyde Park community, Hyde Park residents are also Illinois residents. I’ve recently discovered that auto registration renewals will no longer be mailed to Illinois residents due to budget constraints. It is up to all Illinois residents to know when to renew(…)

To the Editor

To the Editor: There was an odd sentence in the Jan. 6 Herald report on the “Memorandum of Understanding” signed by the U. of C. and the city on Dec. 16, which caught my attention and so I obtained a copy of the press release distributed by the U. of C. Among other things, the(…)

To the Editor

To the Editor: This letter is prompted by the Dec. 16 article “Project 120 Update” as well as by your comments about Jackson Park in your end-of-year coverage. We and many others in the community have many concerns about Project 120, as was made very clear by the large number of participants raising questions at(…)

Coalition questions speedy church demolition

Coalition questions speedy church demolition

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Sunday, Jan. 17, community residents and parishioners of Shrine of Christ the King gathered in the auditorium of First Presbyterian, 6400 S. Kimbark Ave., to discuss the fate of a historic Woodlawn church that faces imminent demolition. The congregation of Shrine of Christ the King was displaced from 6401(…)

Hyde Parker recognized on Forbes’ “30 Under 30″ list

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park native Trevor Wilkins has been recognized in Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list for a mobile app he created to promote educational goals. Wilkins was always motivated to do well in school—because for him, good grades meant money. “Growing up, my parents paid my brother, my sister and I(…)

Howard Brookins takes on challenge for 1st District

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The race for 1st Congressional District has brought out two Republican and three Democratic candidates to challenge incumbent U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-1). Ald. Howard Brookins (21st) is a part of that race to change up the congressional leadership. Brookins has seen the challenges that the 1st District faces head(…)

CPD chief search continues

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Friday, Jan. 15, marked the last day that the Chicago Police Board accepted applications for the position of Chicago Police Department (CPD) Superintendent. The Police Board, the quasi-judicial, civilian group responsible for investigating police misconduct, is spearheading the search for a new chief of police and will provide Mayor Rahm(…)

Treasure Island pipe burst

Treasure Island pipe burst

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Pedestrian and car traffic near Treasure Island Foods was rerouted today due to a burst pipe in the grocery store. The burst happened in a small room on the northeast side of the store, according to a representative from Treasure Island Foods, 1526 E. 55th St. Water flowed into the(…)

National Trust supports Christ the King in church preservation efforts

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer In the ongoing effort to restore its former home, the structurally damaged church building at 6401 S. Woodlawn Ave., the congregation of Shrine of Christ the King has acquired the support of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The National Trust, a non-profit organization focusing on the preservation of historic(…)

SHoP benefit concert

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Southside Hub of Production (SHoP) will host a benefit concert this Friday with proceeds going back to the community-centered project. For $20, guests will be able to enjoy DJ King Dahomey and experimental jazz artist Ayana Contreras. Adam Zolini and Dan Godston will also perform. The event will take(…)

Anti-Violence organization finds support in Hyde Park

Anti-Violence organization finds support in Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The South Side anti-violence organization Mother’s Against Senseless Killings (M.A.S.K.) celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. day by inviting children from across Chicago to dialogue with each other on issues of social justice. From 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday, Jan. 18, M.A.S.K. organizers working out of KAM Isaiah Israel, 1100 E. Hyde(…)

Art from behind bars

Art from behind bars

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC) is showcasing work from behind prison bars at its latest exhibit, “Weight of Rage.” The “Weight of Rage” features poetry, paintings, sketches, stories and more of the incarcerated at Stateville Prison in Crest Hill, Ill. The exhibit officially kicked off on Saturday at an(…)

53rd St. Chase Bank robbery

53rd St. Chase Bank robbery

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Chicago Police Department is investigating a robbery that happened at Chase Bank, 1204 E. 53rd St., Wednesday evening. According to Chicago Police, on Jan. 13, at about 5:55 p.m. a Black male in his 20s wearing a gray jacket entered the bank and announced the robbery while implying that(…)