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Music news at Kenwood Academy

Music news at Kenwood Academy

String Orchestra Kenwood Academy High School’s revived string orchestra will perform at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Concert, Jan. 22, at the South Shore Cultural Center. After several years of silence, the string orchestra at Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., has been reestablished under the direction of Ernestine Fleming-Jones. Since its re-launch, the orchestra(…)

Kenwood’s Jerry a talent to watch

Kenwood’s Jerry a talent to watch

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer After competing against musicians from high schools across the city, Giancarlo Jerry, a junior at Kenwood Academy High School, was selected to be a member of the Illinois Music Educators Association (IMEA) Senior Jazz Band and the IMEA Senior Concert Band later this month. He is the first instrumentalist at(…)

HPAC celebrates 75 this year

HPAC celebrates 75 this year

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC) will kick off its 75th anniversary year programming this week. Founded in Hyde Park in 1939, HPAC had several homes — including the Del Prado Building, 5307 S. Hyde Park Blvd. — before settling into its current address at 5520 S. Cornell Ave in(…)

Jewish during Jim Crow

Jewish during Jim Crow

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer In the 1930s, some Jewish professors from Germany and Austria who fled to America to avoid Nazism found teaching positions at historically Black colleges and universities in the South during the time of Jim Crow “separate but equal” segregation laws. The DuSable Museum of African American History is presenting(…)

University of Chicago bulks up aid to low-income students

University of Chicago bulks up aid to low-income students

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama met with about 100 college leaders from across the country last Thursday, including University of Chicago (U. of C.) President Robert Zimmer, to discuss a plan to help more high school graduates from low-income households get into college. Zimmer said the(…)

City Hyde Park gets TIF dollars as demo underway

City Hyde Park gets TIF dollars as demo underway

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The City Council approved spending $11.3 million tax increment financing dollars to construct City Hyde Park, a mixed-use complex that would bring Whole Foods to the neighborhood. The $115 million development will include 120,000 square feet of retail, 180 apartments and two levels of parking underground with space for 350(…)

Free school finds fall digs

Free school finds fall digs

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The founder of the Chicago Free School announced its new Hyde Park location Wednesday. The staff is also hosting a school-planning meeting in February. “After touring many local churches, we have found exactly what we are looking for at Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave.,”(…)

SSA established for 53rd St.

SSA established for 53rd St.

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The City of Chicago has appointed about half of the committee members for the 53rd Street Special Service Area (SSA). James Hanson, principal at Mesa Development; Michael McGarry, president at Hyde Park Bank; Mary J. Rogel, owner of East Point Associates; Tony Fox, owner of the Harper Theater; Gregory Guttman,(…)