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4th Ward community meeting to discuss new alderman

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Monday, April 25, the third meeting of the “Future of the Fourth Ward” group will take place at 7 p.m. at Room 43, 1043 E. 43rd St. This will be the first meeting the group has had since Mayor Rahm Emanuel appointed Sophia King interim alderman of the 4th(…)

Anti-violence activists recruit Hyde Park residents

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A pop-up lemonade stand on 53rd Street near Harper Avenue, on Wednesday, April 20, offered free, cold beverages to passing community members. The anti-violence organization Mothers Against Senseless Killings (MASK) organized the stand as a way to recruit Hyde Park residents to become involved in their movement. MASK started on(…)

Drive-by shooting and car crash outside Kenwood Academy

Drive-by shooting and car crash outside Kenwood Academy

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Police are looking for two people responsible for a drive-by shooting that occurred in the 5100 block of South Blackstone Avenue at about 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 20. According to police, a 24-year-old male and a 21-year-old female were in a parked vehicle when a red minivan with two unknown(…)

Panel discussion on models for aging communities

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A community forum co-sponsored by the Chicago Hyde Park Village (CHPV) and the Older Women’s League (OWL) Hyde Park chapter will focus on “Aging Friendly Communities” on Chicago’s South Side. The event takes place on May 7, from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., at University of Chicago’s Community Programs Accelerator,(…)

“Poem in Your Pocket Day” offers discounts

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Two Hyde Park Bookstores will participate in “Poem in Your Pocket Day” on April 21. “Poem in Your Pocket Day” is a national event celebrated in schools, libraries, bookstores, parks and workplaces across the country. Customers at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., and 57th Street Books, 1301(…)

Review: “Hillary and Clinton”

Review: “Hillary and Clinton”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. When: through May 1 Tickets: $15-$60 Phone: 773-871-3000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Lucas Hnath’s “Hillary and Clinton,” which is having its world premiere at Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, asks us to imagine an alternate universe—one of an infinite number of universes, some of(…)

Review: “Carlyle”

RECOMMENDED Where: Goodman Theatre Owen Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. When: through May 1 Tickets: $10-$40 Phone: 312-443-3800 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Political parlor games seem to be proliferating in an election season where reality often is stranger than fiction. While “Hillary and Clinton” at Victory Gardens Theater postulates an alternate universe populated by(…)

Singing strings in Hyde Park

Singing strings in Hyde Park

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic The Artemis Quartet made their Chicago debut earlier this month, the first stop on a nine stop American tour. Their Mandel Hall performance, hosted by University of Chicago Presents, was a musical success as well as a crowd pleaser. The quartet — made up of violinists Vineta Sareika and(…)

“Legends” Little League Baseball program a pillar in the community

“Legends” Little League Baseball program a pillar in the community

By Joseph Phillips  Sports Writer As a Real Estate Broker during the day and a Little League Baseball Coach at night, Greg Faulkner, chief secretary officer of the Hyde Park Kenwood Legends Little League Baseball Program, describes himself as a man on a mission. That mission is to change many lives through baseball, the game(…)

CSRPC anniversary lecture

CSRPC anniversary lecture

The University of Chicago’s Center for the Study of Race Politics, and Culture (CSRPC) is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its annual public lecture and the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party with guest lecturer Kathleen Neal Cleaver. From 1967 to 1971, Cleaver was the communications secretary of the Black Panther(…)

Adrienne Jane Archia, 53

Adrienne Jane Archia, 53

Adrienne Jane Archia suffered a sudden, tragic cardiac arrest and lapsed into a coma just prior to the holidays this past December.  After a two-week hospitalization she passed away peacefully from this life on Dec. 29, 2015.  Born in Milwaukee, WI in 1962, Archia was the beloved wife of Robert Braye, and loving mother of(…)

Saul Williams gives live performance at “RIOTcon”

Saul Williams gives live performance at “RIOTcon”

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Poet, musician and activist Saul Williams gave a captivating and unconventional performance at The Revival, 1160 E. 55th St., on Saturday, April 16. The event, which included performances from poet Ladan Osman and singer Koku Gonza, was part of “RIOTcon 2016: Mapping a Movement,” a two-day conference hosted by the(…)

Ancona staff member remembered

Ancona staff member remembered

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Longtime custodian and beloved member of the The Ancona School family, Larry Ware, passed away last weekend. Ware was at Ancona School, 4770 S. Dorchester Ave., for 17 years and was celebrated at a Friday morning assembly at the school. The people who knew him all say that he wasn’t(…)

Ald. King speaks about process, plans for 4th Ward

Ald. King speaks about process, plans for 4th Ward

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Ald. Sophia King (4th) has had a busy week after the announcement of her appointment as interim alderman of the 4th Ward from Mayor Rahm Emanuel last Monday. King is now ready to tackle the issues of the 4th Ward, alongside its residents. “For almost 30 years, Sophia King has(…)

New Brew Fest location

New Brew Fest location

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce has decided on a new location for the 4th Annual Hyde Park Brew Fest. After community complaints, the chamber decided that the popular summertime event would not be in Nichols Park. The fest will now be held on Harper Avenue between 52nd Street and(…)

KOCO continues demand for green tech school

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO) hosted a town hall meeting on Thursday, April 14, about Dyett High School, 555 E. 51st St., and updates on collaboration between the school and KOCO. Last year, members of KOCO and the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett fought for Dyett to reopen as a(…)

St. Thomas highlights its stars in annual Starry Night benefit

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The St. Thomas the Apostle School, 5467 S. Woodlawn Ave., is gearing up for its annual fundraiser night on Saturday, April 23. St. Thomas will host its “Starry Night” signature benefit beginning at 6 p.m. “Starry Night” is the main fundraising event for the school, and last year, the event(…)

A. O. Scott visits Hyde Park

By Sam Rappaport Staff Writer New York Times film critic A. O. Scott spent the past weekend discussing the nature of his work with Hyde Park residents. Scott is the author of the recently published book, “Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think About Art, Pleasure, Beauty, and Truth.” On Saturday, April 16, he paid(…)

First Unitarian Church accredited as a “Green Sanctuary”

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Sunday, April 17, Hyde Park’s First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., celebrated its recent accreditation as a Green Sanctuary congregation. The honor came from the Unitarian Universalist Association and took over three years to earn. Allan Lindrup, First Unitarian’s Green Sanctuary Group Chairman, said the award came after(…)

Hyde Park pair leads Bandung Philharmonic in premiere concert

Hyde Park pair leads Bandung Philharmonic in premiere concert

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer At the outset of this year, Hyde Park residents Robert Nordling and Michael Hall traveled to Bandung, Indonesia, to oversee the creation of the city’s first professional orchestra. On April 23, the two men will witness the fruits of their labor when the Bandung Philharmonic gives its Premiere Concert in(…)