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The celebration of storytelling

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Storytelling is so much more than “once upon a times” and “happily ever afters.” The art of modern storytelling is captivating an audience with the spoken word and going through that journey in the story with the orator. The 19th Annual Tellabration will celebrate these storytellers on Nov. 22 at(…)

U.of C. student among top Illinois scholars

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Tomorrow at 11 a.m., the Lincoln Academy of Illinois will honor the state’s top university and college students during the annual Student Laureate Convocation at the Old State Capital in Springfield. At the event, Student Laureate Cynthia J. Avila, of the University of Chicago, will speak on behalf of all(…)

District wide issue needs local action

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The local school councils usually focus their monthly meetings on their individual schools’ needs and issues. Last Wednesday night, at Bret Harte Elementary, 1556 E. 56th St., the topic turned to a pressing problem that is facing not only Bret Harte, but also every public school in Chicago. Bret Harte(…)

Marsha’s Music turns 15

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Marsha’s Music, a school that incorporates musical learning into early childhood education, will host a 15th anniversary celebration, Nov. 15, at its new home in the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave. Marsha Melsheimer, the school’s founder, was a preschool teacher at KAM Isaiah Israel, 1100 E. Hyde(…)

Big Shoulders Fund shows its impact at St. Thomas

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Since 1986, the Big Shoulders Fund has been helping over 85 catholic schools in Chicago and surrounding areas by providing materials, scholarships and resources. One of the schools that benefits from the help of the Big Shoulders Fund is St. Thomas the Apostle School, 5467 S. Woodlawn Ave. Today, the(…)

Publishing talks at SHoP

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer November is National Novel Writing Month, where aspiring writers pour out their words to create the story that has always been in their heads. But what happens after the story is written? Finding a publisher can be a chore for some writers, but self-publishers are making the task at hand(…)

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(…)