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Hyde Park theaters to present plays by August Wilson this spring

Three Hyde Park theaters will host performances in conjunction with a citywide celebration of renowned playwright August Wilson, which will take place through April 18. The celebration is an exploration of Wilson’s work that includes concert readings, panel discussions and special events such as the revival of “Two Running Trains,” which will be directed by(…)

Hyde Parker finds first-ever semiaquatic dinosaur fossil in Sahara Desert

Hyde Parker finds first-ever semiaquatic dinosaur fossil in Sahara Desert

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer At 32-year-old University of Chicago paleontology research scholar Nizar Ibrahim isn’t sure how he is going to top the first major find of his career. Ibrahim presented the first semiaquatic dinosaur ever found to Hyde Park last Thursday at Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St. He discovered the 50(…)

What about Reese?

Like everyone else we talk to, we are in favor of bringing the Barack Obama Presidential Library to the South Side of Chicago. We think it will be a powerful symbol. It probably will also be a modest but positive economic contributor, and it can be thoughtfully accomplished without displacing residents. We do wonder, though,(…)

Woodlawn wants the Obama Library

To the Editor: We are neighbors in the Woodlawn community. We need your attention to this most urgent matter. Over the course of the past 12 months, we have been excited and nervously hopeful to learn the Barack Obama Foundation is considering Jackson Park and Washington Park as potential locations for the Obama Presidential Library(…)

Where’s Toni? — still “staying out of it”

To the Editor: Toni Preckwinkle has declined to publicly endorse Jesus “Chuy” Garcia for mayor of Chicago. In a public statement, she said, “I’m staying out of it for now.” Preckwinkle is the most respected African American elected official in town. Her endorsement of Garcia for Chicago’s mayor would be honored by many voters, especially(…)

Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Yeomen of the Guard” at Mandel Hall this weekend

Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Yeomen of the Guard” at Mandel Hall this weekend

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company’s stage director promises that this year’s production of “The Yeomen of the Guard” will make the audience laugh more than “H.M.S. Pinafore.” The 55th production in the company’s history, “Yeomen” is one that came later in the collaborative history of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur(…)

New law from local representatives could shed light on University of Chicago police

New law from local representatives could shed light on University of Chicago police

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Contributor New legislation may be a major victory for activists concerned about transparency in the University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD). Introduced in the Illinois House of Representatives by state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) with Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26), the bill would force the UCPD to the same standard for(…)

Former Hyde Parker might go to Mars

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Mars One, a Dutch not-for-profit organization, has set the ambitious goal of sending 24 people to colonize Mars in ten years. Mead McCormick, now a California resident but a 2009 graduate of the University of Chicago, hopes to take some of the filmmaking skills she learned in Hyde Park to(…)