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African Festival of the Arts coming to Washington Park this weekend

The 25th annual African Festival of the Arts will take place this weekend, Friday, Aug. 29 through Monday, Sept. 1, in Washington Park. The festival will feature two stages showcasing around 60 performances by poets, dancers and musicians spanning genres from world music to hip hop, as well as a fashion show and dance lessons.(…)

Court Theatre to celebrate 60 years

The Court Theater will celebrate its 60th anniversary with subscribers on Monday, Sept. 15, at Hutchinson Courtyard, 5706 S. University Ave. The event will feature a 6 p.m. buffet and open bar, 7:30 p.m. performances and conversations at Mandell Hall and an 8:30 p.m. champagne toast and dessert. Participants must R.S.V.P. by Aug. 31, and(…)

DuSable Museum hosting family event on financial literacy

The DuSable Museum of African American History is hosting “Kids Count!” a back to school student and family event from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 30. The event, which will take place at DuSable, 740 E. 56th Pl., will focus on financial literacy. Families will have the opportunity to open student checking or savings(…)

Open Produce partnering with Silicon Valley upstart to offer deliveries

Open Produce partnering with Silicon Valley upstart to offer deliveries

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Open Produce, 1635 E. 55th St., became the first Hyde Park — and South Side —grocer to sign on with online shopping upstart Instacart last week. San Francisco-based Instacart — which raised almost $450 million in investments earlier this summer — currently hires personal shoppers in 11 cities to pick(…)

Obama’s former physician retires after decades at Hyde Park practice

Obama’s former physician retires after decades at Hyde Park practice

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A longtime community fixture and former physician to President Barack Obama, Dr. David Scheiner has retired after 35 years of seeing patients at his Hyde Park practice and in their homes. The Oak Park resident saw his last patient at Advocate Medical Group Hyde Park, 1301 E. 47th St., on(…)

Annual used book sale gearing up for October return, seeking donations

Annual used book sale gearing up for October return, seeking donations

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference’s (HP-K CC) annual used book sale will return to the Treasure Island courtyard at 55th Street this Columbus Day weekend, Oct. 11 to Oct 13. The book sale usually features between 30,000 and 40,000 books, according to organizer Jane Ciacci, an HP-K CC board member(…)

Hales Franciscan High School selects new principal

Hales Franciscan High School selects new principal

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Nichole M. Jackson was selected as the new principal of Hales Franciscan High School. Jackson replaces former principal Erica Brownfield, who served for two years. Before coming to Hales Franciscan, 4930 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Jackson was the owner of Posh Enterprise, which included a tutoring and recreation center,(…)