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Community activist to lead “die-in” outside Obama’s home

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Community organizer and former 5th Ward aldermanic candidate Jedidiah Brown is calling for a “die-in” outside President Barack Obama’s home, later today, to urge the president to take a stronger stance on police brutality. “We understand that we are in a crisis situation in America,” Brown said. “We do not(…)

University of Chicago alum gets his own exhibit

University of Chicago alum gets his own exhibit

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Class of 1911 University graduate Cyrus Baldridge (1889-1977), traveler, artist and author, now has his own exhibit in the University of Chicago’s Special Collections Research Center Exhibition Library. The exhibit opened Friday, June 24 in the library at 1100 E. 57th St. The exhibit, “Cyrus Leroy Baldridge: Illustrator, Explorer, Activist,”(…)

Podcast taping at the Promontory

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern “The Clock is the Enemy” podcast will have a live taping at the Promontory Sunday, July 17. Recorded in front of a live studio audience, “The Clock is the Enemy” showcases people, live music and comedy in a format that is similar to classic Chicago radio and TV. Host of(…)

Summer movies return at the Midway

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Midweek on the Midway Movie Series kicks off next week for a summer long outdoor movies series. A special showing of “E.T. The Extra Terrestrial” will show this Sunday, July 10, at the Midway Plaisance as part of the Chicago Park District’s Movies in the Parks summer series but(…)

U. of C. Service League shows “Spotlight”

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Next Thursday, July 14, the University of Chicago (U. of C.) Service League will host a showing of the Academy Award-winning movie “Spotlight.” The U. of C. Service League, an organization of about 400 women who promote community centered social intercourse, sponsor the showing of a movie on the second(…)

Mother and child win $53 million malpractice trial against UCMC

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern A Cook County jury awarded $53 million to a 12-year old boy and his mother, Thursday June 30, a as a result of their 2013 lawsuit against the University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC). This is the largest medical malpractice suit in Cook County history, according to prosecuting attorney Geoffrey(…)

Annual summer concert series returns to Nichols Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The 2016 George Franklin Memorial Summer Sunday Concert Series kicks off this Sunday, July 10, at Nichols Park. Concerts run every Sunday in July and August, as well as two Sundays in September on Sept. 4 and Sept. 11. The free shows are from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. at(…)

Celebrating Chicago’s Black life with Oscar Brown

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern This Sunday, poet Nikki Giovanni and musician Morris Gearring celebrate the genres of soul and jazz, featuring the musical works of Oscar Brown, Jr. Giovanni and Gearring are performing two shows at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 10, at the Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park West. Gearring(…)

Artist talk with Karen Reimer at HPAC

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Artist Karen Reimer will speak about her immersive installation, “Shoretime Spaceline,” at the Hyde Park Art Center, 5010 S. Cornell Ave., Thursday, July 7, at 6 p.m. “Shoretime Spaceline” looks into the history of the Hyde Park Art Center’s current location, which was home to the Chicago Beach Hotel from(…)

A Wooded Island Problem?

To the Editor: In the early 1890s, the Japanese government, striving to break free of cultural bonds that had shut it off from the western world for centuries, heard about the great World’s Columbian Exposition that was under construction in the burgeoning city of Chicago on the shores of Lake Michigan.  Eager to be welcomed(…)

Stop gap measure a plus but the real work still lies ahead of us

To the Editor:  Last week, just before the beginning of the new fiscal year, the General Assembly passed a stop-gap measure that provides much needed funding for our human service providers, our public universities and most importantly for our local schools to ensure they open on time in the fall. The spending plan provides $1(…)

Stop gap budget shows shared concerns across the aisle

To the Editor:  Along with a bipartisan coalition of my colleagues, I proudly voted for a compromise that will allow schools to open on time, fund state government operations for the next six months, keep road and transit construction workers on the job and provide desperately needed relief to our human services providers. This long-overdue(…)