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Still the best

By M.L.RANTALA Classical Music Critic William Grant Still (1895 – 1978) is an American composer whose quality of musical compositions in a large number of forms unaccountably far exceeds his current reputation. He wrote in an unapologetically populist style, rejecting most 20th century compositional techniques (although he had once studied with Edgar Varèse), instead insisting(…)

Hyde Park is not bashing Metra

To the Editor: We would like to clarify for the community that “bash[ing the] Metra app” was not the purpose of action at the July 22 Metra board meeting, reported on in the August 5 Hyde Park Herald. We acknowledge that Metra’s “Ventra Mobile App” will offer many benefits, but those benefits will only be(…)

I Am We launches new campaign

I Am We launches new campaign

By EMMA HERMAN Herald Intern Local non-profit organization I Am We will launch a new initiative next Saturday, aimed at improving high school graduation rates among youth in underserved Chicago neighborhoods. Woodlawn resident Latisha Thomas moved from the North Side several years ago and founded I Am We shortly after. The stated goal of the(…)

African Fest returning to Washington Park in September

African Fest returning to Washington Park in September

By EMMA HERMAN Herald Intern The grounds of Washington Park will be transformed over Labor Day weekend, as the park plays host to the African Festival of the Arts. The African Fest, which will run from Sept. 4 to Sept. 7, will feature more than 300 artists and performers from Africa and the African diaspora.(…)

Plastic bag ban no sweat for local businesses; chains work harder

Plastic bag ban no sweat for local businesses; chains work harder

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The plastic bag ban that was implemented citywide on Aug. 1 has caused some headaches for Chicago shoppers, but Hyde Park’s mom-and-pop stores aren’t seeing any effects from the issue. The new law is required for chain stores (businesses with three or more stores having common ownership) that have a(…)

Hyde PArk Community Players performances continue

Hyde PArk Community Players performances continue

By EMMA HERMAN Herald Intern Hyde Park has much to offer its resident thespians in the upcoming month, thanks to the wide variety of events hosted by the Hyde Park Community Players. The Players, founded in 2009 by Paul and Rachel Baker, have successfully staged more than a dozen productions over the last six years.(…)

Tree sculptures coming to Nichols Park

Tree sculptures coming to Nichols Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Two ash trees in Nichols Park, 1355 E. 53rd St., will soon be turned into sculptures as part of The Chicago Tree Project, a Chicago Park District and Chicago Sculpture International initiative to transform dying trees into public art. One of the ash trees soon to be sculpted sits in(…)

Neighbor airs concerns about planned 53rd Street boutique hotel

Neighbor airs concerns about planned 53rd Street boutique hotel

By Sam Rappaport Staff Writer Marva Arnold has witnessed the transformation of 53rd Street into a commercial hub in recent years. She and her daughter have lived in their home at 5317 S. Dorchester Ave. for 27 years. Arnold said that her house, built in 1860, is the oldest standing house in Hyde Park. The(…)

New store is going to the dogs

New store is going to the dogs

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer In its third week of business, Hyde Park’s newest pet store, Sprocket and Stone, 1013 E. 53rd St., has gone to the dogs … in a good way. “Dogs walking by actually pull their owners towards the door,” said owner Sophie Phillips. “I think they must smell our bone selection(…)

Locals continue to try to hold CPS accountable for Dyett’s murky future

Locals continue to try to hold CPS accountable for Dyett’s murky future

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Controversy and confusion have surrounded Dyett High School, 555 E. 51st St., for some time about its future role in the Hyde Park-Kenwood community. A request for proposal (RFP) process was established last year, and CPS has remained quiet, for the most part, on the decision process. Members of the(…)

Raoul and Preckwinkle put youth justice in spotlight

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer State Sen. Kwame Raoul (13th) and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle are setting their sights on juvenile justice reform. Two bills sponsored by Raoul passed the Illinois General Assembly on Tuesday, Aug. 4. House Bill 3718 and Senate Bill 1560 will limit the number of young people committed to(…)

Interim principal at Kozminski has long track record

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Kozminski Community Academy, 936 E. 54th St., is welcoming a new principal this fall to take over the school. Bernadette Glover has been named the acting principal of Kozminski. Previously the assistant principal at Bret Harte Elementary, 1556 E. 56th St., Glover is anything but new to the education system(…)

Review: “Feast”

Review: “Feast”

RECOMMENDED Where: Goodman Theatre Owen Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. When: through Aug. 16 Tickets: $10-$25 Phone: 312-443-3800 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic In a worthy collaboration that serves everyone well, Goodman Theatre has teamed up with the Albany Park Theater Project (APTP), a multi-ethnic youth ensemble based in the North Side neighborhood, to bring(…)

Review: “Beaches”

Review: “Beaches”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace When: through Aug. 16 Tickets: $45-$60 Phone: 630-530-0111 “Beaches,” which is having its “pre-Broadway” Chicago premiere at Drury Lane Theatre, is a quintessential opposites-attract, female-bonding musical. That’s both its appeal and its Achilles heel. Based on the novel by Iris Rainer Dart that also(…)

Starbucks noire in Hyde Park, perhaps

Starbucks noire in Hyde Park, perhaps

Starbucks Evenings may be coming to Hyde Park at its 53rd Street location. The coffee shop chain has been offering late-night small plates and alcohol in select locations since 2012, primarily in downtown Chicago. The selling of coffee will still take precedence over the selling of alcohol. A few examples of Evenings offerings are truffle(…)

The bell tolls for thee – later

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Thursday, July 30, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced that 82 high schools and elementary schools will have a new bell schedule for the 2015-16 school year. This change is expected to save CPS around $13.5 million this coming school year and is part of a district-wide streamlining of transportation(…)

Hyde Parker to chair American Heart Association’s Metro Chicago Board of Directors

Hyde Park resident Gail Hasbrouck, senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for Advocate Health Care, has been named chairman of the American Heart Association’s Metro Chicago Board of Directors. As chairman, Hasbrouck, who has lived in Hyde Park since 1968, will lead a team of healthcare professionals and business and community leaders who(…)

Little Black Pearl goes Hollywood

Little Black Pearl goes Hollywood

By EMMA HERMAN Herald Intern Students from the Little Black Pearl Art and Design Academy and the Best Buy Teen Tech Center worked on the set of a Hollywood film this summer, in partnership with members of the Chicago-based program Fresh Films. Fresh Films is a national filmmaking program for teens, with the final products(…)

A10 demonstrates what local can do

A10 demonstrates what local can do

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A10 is showing its customers that their favorite fruit or vegetable can be incorporated into just about any dish. The restaurant has partnered up with local farms and gardens to present its “Tour the Garden” dinner series. Every Wednesday from now until Aug. 26, A10 will feature one fruit or(…)

South Sider charged for bomb scare

South Sider charged for bomb scare

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A South Side resident has been charged with a felony after leaving a suspicious backpack one block from President Barack Obama’s home in Hyde Park. Marquez Hassell, 20, of the 5500 block of South La Salle Street, is being held by 2nd District police on a $250,000 bond and faces(…)