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Review: “South Pacific”

Review: “South Pacific”

RECOMMENDED Where: Light Opera Works at Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St., Evanston When: through Aug. 30 Tickets: $34-$94 Phone: 847-920-5360 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Don’t go to “South Pacific” at Cahn Auditorium expecting any big surprises. Light Opera Works’ approach to musicals is very traditional, and this revival of the Richard Rodgers (music) and(…)

Award included local authors

Award included local authors

By Sarah Pan Herald Intern In a few months, some of the most notable artists affiliated with Chicago will come together to celebrate Stephen Sondheim’s work and award him the Carl Sandburg Literary Award. These artists include local Hyde Park authors such as Sara Paretsky and Blue Balliett. The Carl Sandburg Literary Award honors an(…)

Local beaches get Wi-Fi

Local beaches get Wi-Fi

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern With the recent additions of 57th Street Beach and 31st Street Beach on Aug.13, a total of seven Chicago beaches now offer free Wi-Fi to those on location. Other Wi-Fi enabled beaches include North Avenue, Osterman/Hollywood, Foster, and Rainbow. Free beach Wi-Fi in Chicago is possible in part by Everywhere(…)

Local businesswoman awarded

Local businesswoman awarded

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A Hyde Park business owner has been named the 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year by the Women’s Business Development Center. Maya Khan, managing director at Nova Driving School, 5503 S. Harper Ave., will be recognized for her business management skills as a local Chicago entrepreneur. Khan, who opened the Hyde(…)

Chicago jazz club scene to stop off in Hyde Park

Chicago jazz club scene to stop off in Hyde Park

ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Chicago’s jazz scene will migrate to Hyde Park for the Jazz Institute of Chicago’s 30th Annual Jazz Club Tour on Sept. 2. The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave., will be one of the locations the tour stops, alongside renowned music venues such as Green Mill and Reggie’s. Jake Austen, the(…)

Kahil El’Zabar comes to Hyde Park this Wednesday

Kahil El’Zabar comes to Hyde Park this Wednesday

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Chicago jazz musician Kahil El’Zabar will perform in Harper Court, 5235 S. Harper Ct., on Wednesday, August 26th, at 6pm, exactly one month before the start of the 2015 Hyde Park Jazz Festival. The El’Zabar quartet includes Corey Wilkes on trumpet, Junius Paul on bass and Dennis Winslett on alto(…)

Amy Apfel Kass, 75

Amy Apfel Kass, 75

Amy Apfel Kass died Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at home in Washington, D.C. She was a teacher at The College of the University of Chicago. Born Amy Judith Apfel in 1940, Kass grew up in New York City, where she graduated from the High School of Music and Art. She was educated in the College(…)

Helen Johnson, 96

Helen Johnson, 96

Hyde Park resident Helen Pomerance Johnson passed away at age 96 on August 19, 2015, from complications of heart disease. Her husband, Herman Frithjof Johnson, predeceased her. Ms. Johnson served 35 years as a physical education teacher in the Chicago Public Schools, including Sawyer, Nightingale, Parker, and Pasteur Schools. She received the BE from Chicago(…)

Rosenwald on the screen

Rosenwald on the screen

By Sarah Pan Herald Intern The film Rosenwald, based on the life of Hyde Park-Kenwood resident Julius Rosenwald, opens in Chicago on Sept.4. The film features a number of Hyde Park locals and landmarks. The 90-minute documentary tells the story of Rosenwald, a Jewish philanthropist who never finished his high school career but went on(…)

U. of C. theorist gets a little glass

U. of C. theorist gets a little glass

By Sarah Pan Herald Intern Members of the Department of Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago, along with the University of Wisconsin, have unexpectedly produced a new type of glass. Through various computer simulation experiments, Professor Juan de Pablo and a team produced samples of the material regularly. Each sample was then analysed using(…)

Walk-a-thon to be held for breast cancer research

Walk-a-thon to be held for breast cancer research

By Sarah Pan Herald Intern The Beyond a Mammogram breast cancer awareness organization will host its second annual 5K Breast Cancer Walkathon. All of the net proceeds go towards breast cancer research at the University of Chicago (U. of C.). “There are so many women and families who suffer,” said Beyond a Mammogram co-founder and(…)

Arts Bank poised to open

Arts Bank poised to open

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The South Side will be getting another structure dedicated to art with the opening of the Stony Island Arts Bank, but with a focus on collective archives. The Stony Island Arts Bank is set to officially open in October, in the previous location of the Stony Island Trust & Savings(…)

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(…)