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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’(…)

Review: “The Ben Hecht Show”

Review: “The Ben Hecht Show”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Grippo Stage Company and Piven Theatre, Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., Evanston When: through July 17 Tickets: $35 Phone: 800-838-3006 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Don’t go to “The Ben Hecht Show,” the solo outing written and performed by James Sherman, expecting the famous journalist, novelist, playwright, screenwriter, director, and(…)

Whole Kids foundation donates $25,000 to Oriental Institute

Whole Kids foundation donates $25,000 to Oriental Institute

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern Whole Foods Market’s partner organization, Whole Kids’ Foundation, along with the United Health Foundation, has awarded a $25,000 Healthy Kids Innovation Grant to the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute. The grant, which aims to support projects that educate children about nutrition, will provide funds for a new program in which(…)

Kartemquin celebrates 50 years in the film industry

Kartemquin celebrates 50 years in the film industry

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Fifty years ago, three students at the University of Chicago (U. of C.), started making documentary films. Their efforts have grown to what is now known as Kartemquin Films and they have made over 50 documentaries while simultaneously helping to make the next generation of filmmakers. Stan Karter, Jerry Temaner(…)

Children’s musician performs at Hyde Park Farmers Market

Children’s musician performs at Hyde Park Farmers Market

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer As part of the live musical performances featured during this season’s Hyde Park Farmers Market, Chicago children’s musician, Laura Doherty, is set to play on Thursday, July 7, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the market located in Harper Court, 5235 S. Harper Ct. Doherty has been writing and(…)

Silver Room brings legendary block party to Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Although it will be the Silver Room’s 13th Annual Sound System Block Party, the July 16 event will be the first time it has happened in Hyde Park since the Silver Room, 1506 E. 53rd St., moved from Wicker Park last year. Silver Room owner, Eric Williams, said that the(…)