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HPAC to debut two exhibits Sunday

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Two new exhibits will debut at the Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC) this Sunday. “The Weight of Rage” will be featured in the Kanter McCormick Gallery at the HPAC, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. In its third year, the exhibit displays work developed in classes in the Prison and Neighborhood Arts(…)

School utilization report finds under enrollment

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Kozminski and Reavis elementary schools are two of 313 schools deemed as underutilized based on the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) annual report of how its schools are being utilized. According to the report, Kozminski, 936 E. 54th St., is utilizing only 40 percent of its space and resources. As of(…)

IOP hosts panel on police

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Scholars, politicians, journalists and law enforcement professionals have, over recent months, debated, in public forums throughout the city, the most effective ways of manufacturing trust between residents of Chicago’s most neglected neighborhoods and the Chicago Police Department (CPD), which is currently embroiled in a crisis of public relations following multiple,(…)

Review:  “Treasure Island”

Review: “Treasure Island”

RECOMMENDED Where: Lookingglass Theatre Company, Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. When: through Jan. 31, 2016 Tickets: $5-$85 Phone: 312-337-0665 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic The “Pirates of the Caribbean” film franchise has nothing on “Treasure Island,” Robert Louis Stevenson’s iconic story of “buccaneers and buried gold” originally serialized in a children’s magazine(…)

Review: “Gotta Dance”

Review: “Gotta Dance”

RECOMMENDED Where: Bank of America Theatre, 18 W. Monroe St. When: through Jan. 17, 2016 Tickets: $38-$105 Phone: 800-775-2000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic If you’re looking for a feel-good musical that shines a spotlight on talented veteran performers, boasts a high-profile creative team, and underscores the message that you’re only as old as you(…)

Susanne Hoeber Rudolph, 85

Susanne Hoeber Rudolph, 85

Susanne Hoeber Rudolph, the William Benton Distinguished Service Professor Emerita of Political Science at the University of Chicago, died Dec. 23 in Oakland, Calif., after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. Rudolph, 85, was a past president of the American Political Science Association and the Association for Asian Studies, and a member of the American(…)

Lynn Marie Beard, 58

Lynn Marie Beard, 58

Lynn Marie Beard, 58, born in Chicago, Ill. on March 5, 1957, quietly released her body on Dec. 16, 2015 at St. Joseph’s hospital, 1725 W Harrison Street. Her younger sister, Susan (Gay) was with her as she made her transition. Lynn lived in Chicago all of her life. With her sisters, Jill and Susan, she had(…)

U. of C. focuses on diversity in higher ed

U. of C. focuses on diversity in higher ed

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The University of Chicago (U. of C.) announced on Dec. 15 that it will join the Creating Connections Consortium (C3), a select group of research institutions and liberal arts colleges working to promote diversity in higher education by finding better ways to hire and support graduate students from underrepresented groups(…)

MSI offers free museum entry in January, celebrates MLK Day

MSI offers free museum entry in January, celebrates MLK Day

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer For the entire month of January, the Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., will be offering free museum entry on weekdays to Illinois residents. Additionally, the museum will kick off its annual Black Creativity Program with a Family Day on Jan. 18, Martin Luther King, Jr.(…)

Patrick Brutus runs against Bobby Rush for first district

Patrick Brutus runs against Bobby Rush for first district

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The 1st Congressional District has had the same congressman, U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-1), for 22 years. Candidate Patrick Brutus said he is trying to change that and push the district he calls home into a better political future. “The reason why I’m deciding to run is simply because I(…)

Vet center continues community aid despite struggles

Vet center continues community aid despite struggles

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Remake The World (RTW) Veteran Center, 5536 S. King Dr., has continued to serve destitute residents of Chicago’s South Side despite being consumed by an effort to correct the 38 building code violations it was hit with by the city early last year. RTW’s Executive Director Arnetha Gholston-Habeel said(…)

New 53rd St. bike shop

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Ancien, a new establishment on 53rd St. that combines a bike shop with a cafe, hopes to officially open its doors for business within the next week. Store owners Chris Dimmick and Scott McIntosh are hoping to offer a comfortable and friendly environment to Hyde Parkers on the go. The(…)

Snow shoveling law now in effect

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Winter took a little longer than usual to get here, but there’s no doubt that it’s here now. The City of Chicago placed new regulations for sidewalk snow removal that began Nov. 28, and knowing them could save you a pricey citation. In past years, the fine for residents or(…)

U. of C. signed new MOU

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Dec. 16, the University of Chicago (U. of C) signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which will outline the collaborations between the university and its surroundings over the next three years. At a ceremony that took place at the Harold Washington Library downtown, the university and seven other(…)

Climate change weekend at KAMII

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer KAM Isaiah Israel (KAMII) is hosting its seventh annual Food Justice and Sustainability Weekend Jan. 15-17. KAMII, 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd., has been the site of a blooming urban farm and food forest since 2009. In that time, KAMII has harvested more than 20,000 pounds of produce donated to(…)

Chicago Urban League fields suggestions for new CPD superintendent

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Hyde Parkers interested in offering meaningful contributions to discussions surrounding the hiring of a new Chicago Police Department (CPD) Superintendent have a chance to do so next week. The Chicago Urban League (CUL), 4510 S. Michigan Ave., is providing community members the opportunity to address members of the Chicago Police(…)

Annual MLK event at Uchicago

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Next Monday, Jan. 11, the University of Chicago (U. of C.) will be celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a week early, at its 26th Annual MLK Celebration. Starting at 6 p.m. at the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., Van Jones, a CNN contributor and author, will give(…)

Catch Court Theatre’s new show ahead of premiere

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Starting this Thursday, the Court Theatre is offering a preview showing of its newest play, “Satchmo at the Waldorf.” As part of the Louis Armstrong Festival throughout January and February at various locations throughout the city, the Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave., will begin previewing the performance in the(…)

Oriental Institute hosts lecture

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Hyde Parkers interested in garnering some information on the world’s earliest, documented military encounter should visit the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St., this Wednesday, Jan. 6, for a presentation by historians Robert Ritner and Theo van den Hout. The event details the Battle of Kadesh, a(…)