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Storied mural re-dedicated

Storied mural re-dedicated

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer After 43 years of admirers and three months of restoration, the Under the City Stone mural was officially dedicated on Wednesday, Aug. 19. Caryl Yasko, who was the original muralist, returned to Hyde Park in May to give the mural a much needed paint job. She was overjoyed to see(…)

Local Filmmaker debuts documentary about South Side

Local Filmmaker debuts documentary about South Side

By Sam Rappaport Staff Writer Cyrus Dowlatshahi cast aside all expectations, four years ago, when he began trekking around Englewood with a camera and aspirations for a feature length film. “Interesting stuff happens all the time,” Dowlatshahi said. “Something would happen, I knew that much going in. I’ve always loved the South Side. It’s a(…)

Dyett strike lands at Little Black Pearl

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On the eighth day of the Dyett hunger strike, protestors were weak physically, but their spirits were still high. “While my stomach is empty, my heart is full from the community’s support,” said hunger striker Jeanette Taylor-Ramann. On Monday the strikers, as well as supporters, gathered at Little Black Pearl(…)

One-Act play at Dusable shines new light on two familiar stories

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer This September, journalist and author Janet Langhart Cohen is bringing her one-act play, entitled “Anne and Emmett,” to the Dusable Museum of African American History, 740 E 56th Pl. The play retraces the histories of Anne Frank and Emmett Till as they recount to one another their experiences of oppression.(…)

Hyde Park homes sharply increasing in value

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer An interesting spike has occurred in the Hyde Park housing market this summer, according to a recent real estate report. According to a recent Redfin Chicago Market Tracker report, Hyde Park experienced dramatic price jumps last month. Prices were up 42.7 percent a year over year in July across 170(…)

New Chief for U. of C. police department

By Sam Rappaport Staff Writer The University of Chicago has named Fountain L. Walker as their new chief of police. Walker has served as assistant chief of police since 2014 and replaces Marlon Lynch, chief of police since 2009, as the new top cop. In a statement dated Aug. 13, the university’s vice president for operations(…)

Burns and Travis pen letters regarding well-being of Dyett

Burns and Travis pen letters regarding well-being of Dyett

Editor’s note: As the Chicago Public School Board’s hearing for the future of Dyett High School draws near (Sept. 15), education advocacy groups and elected officials express their opinions about the best plan of action for the school.

Spoken word artist reflects on 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

Spoken word artist reflects on 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Multi-media musician and artist Tovi Khali is bringing the sound and narrative of New Orleans to The Promontory on Wednesday, Aug. 26, with her show entitled “French Quarter Style: A Musical Celebration of Resilience and the Preservation of Ole’ Orleans.” “French Quarter Style” will be performed as a choreopoem, a(…)

Memorial service for U. of C doctor

A memorial service for University of Chicago School of Medicine faculty member Dr. Raul Hinojosa is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, at the University of Chicago’s Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., in the Performance Penthouse on the 9th floor. Free parking is available after 4 p.m.(…)

Mies musings, courtesy of Hyde Park Historical Society

The Hyde Park Historical Society announces a special event: an illustrated program on some of the earliest U.S. buildings designed by renowed modernist architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. The presenter is Kevin Harrington, professor emeritus of architectural history at IIT and coauthor of the most recent edition of “Chicago’s Famous Buildings.” The free event(…)

Review: Conlon bids farewell to Ravinia with a splendid “Dutchman”

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic James Conlon, who since 2005 has held the title music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Residency at the Ravinia Festival, ended his tenure Saturday night. His final trip to the Ravinia podium as music director was a concert performance of “The Flying Dutchman” by Wagner, featuring the Chicago(…)

Review: “The Boy from Oz”

Review: “The Boy from Oz”

RECOMMENDED Where: Pride Films & Plays at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. When: through Aug. 30 Tickets: $25-$45 Phone: 773-327-5252 Before Hugh Jackman won the 2004 “Best Actor in a Musical” Tony Award for his star turn in “The Boy from Oz,” Peter Allen was barely on my radar. I knew that the Australian performer(…)

Review: “Grand Concourse”

Review: “Grand Concourse”

RECOMMENDED Where: Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. When: through Aug. 30 Tickets: $20-$89 Phone: 312-335-1650 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Almost every episode of the Italian television series “Don Matteo” ends with the crime-solving priest telling the usually remorseful culprit he’s just caught that God forgives and loves him unconditionally. Shelley,(…)

Dyett supporters launch hunger strike

Dyett supporters launch hunger strike

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer In a last-ditch effort to call attention to what they believe is an unfair request for proposal (RFP) process led by Chicago Public Schools (CPS), protestors gathered at Dyett High School on Monday morning to participate in a hunger strike. Anger has been building up in the community about the(…)

Dusable displays freedom’s past

Dusable displays freedom’s past

By EMMA HERMAN Herald Intern “Freedom, Resistance and the Journey Toward Equality,” a new permanent exhibit installed at the DuSable Museum of African American History, will open to the public on Friday, Aug. 28. Curated by the museum’s staff, the installation brings together a wide variety of items and artifacts preserved by DuSable, 740 E.(…)

Imogene “Genie” Catherine Harder Huffine, 91

Imogene “Genie” Catherine Harder Huffine, 91

Imogene “Genie” Catherine Harder Huffine died on July 4. She and her family were residents of Hyde Park for more than 30 years. Huffine was born March 20, 1924 in Carlisle, Pa., the oldest of three. She graduated high school in the spring of 1942, the last graduating class before the U.S. became involved in(…)

Robie House celebrates ADA with new aids for tours

Robie House celebrates ADA with new aids for tours

By EMMA HERMAN Staff Writer In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust is offering free tours catered to those with vision or hearing impairments at four Wright sites across Chicago, including the Robie House, 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave. Other participating houses include the Emil(…)

Art project seeking shoe donations

Art project seeking shoe donations

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer An inspiring art project is highlighting justice for those murdered in Chicago last year by taking one step at a time. The Golden Shoes Project is collecting 433 shoes to represent the 36 women and 397 men who were killed in Chicago in 2014. Kazandra Santana, who is behind the(…)

Now streaming: Hyde Park-based series

Now streaming: Hyde Park-based series

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A TV pilot exclusively filmed in Hyde Park is now available to purchase and watch in its entirety. Irami Osei-Frimpong, a Hyde Park native who recently relocated to Oregon, filmed the pilot for “Disciples” last summer in various Hyde Park locations, including: Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave.; Hyde(…)

Chicago Hyde Park Village announces first director

Chicago Hyde Park Village announces first director

By EMMA HERMAN Herald Intern Chicago Hyde Park Village (CHPV) announced last week that Hyde Park native Lauren Alspaugh will serve as its inaugural executive director. CHPV, which opened in November of 2014, is one of four Village offices in the Chicago area and the only one on the South Side. Each chapter of the(…)