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Lots to do to celebrate Earth Day in Hyde Park

Park Cleanups Several park cleanups will take place this month to mark Earth Day. On Saturday, April 18, Earth Day cleanups will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at Elm Park, 5215 S. Woodlawn Ave, and Nichols Park, 1355 E. 53rd St, at its field house. A later set of cleanups that day will(…)

It’s politically charged art, by George!

A former Hyde Parker’s art will be on display from April 10 through May 1 at the Uri-Eichen Gallery, 2010 S. Halsted St. The political cartoons produced by George Franklin reflected the political climate of Colombia and Spain from the 1930s through 1948 when he fled to the United States. He lived in Hyde Park(…)

State Rep. Currie to be awarded by Illinois ACLU

State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-26) will be honored by the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois later this month. At the first annual ACLU of Illinois Lunch, Friday, April 17, Currie will receive the group’s Roger Baldwin Award for Lifetime Achievement. The noon lunch will take place at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan(…)

The past is never finished

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Lyric Opera of Chicago concluded their opera offerings this season with the world premiere of a mariachi opera by José “Pepe” Martínez with libretto by Leonard Foglia. “El Pasado Nunca Se Termina” (“The Past is Never Finished”) is a fascinating, entertaining work that ties together the tumultuous revolution in(…)

U. of C. biologist uses cockroaches to teach kids about the brain

U. of C. biologist uses cockroaches to teach kids about the brain

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer One University of Chicago professor wants to help kids understand how neurons work, using brains and cockroaches. Stephanie Palmer, an assistant professor of organismal biology and anatomy, recently invited students from the seventh grade science class at Marquette School of Excellence, 6550 S. Richmond Ave., to take a look at(…)

Hyde Park Community Players’ latest is all about the music

Hyde Park Community Players’ latest is all about the music

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Community Players will debut their first live musical this month. The group’s last play of the season, a production of Eric Rockwell and Joanne Bogart’s “The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)” will take place this weekend and next at University Church, 5655 S. University Ave. The play(…)

Hyde Park quilt show turns 25, adds day

Hyde Park quilt show turns 25, adds day

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The United Church of Hyde Park’s annual quilt show and sale will turn 25 this year. The show, founded by late Kenwood High School English teacher Alta Blakely in 1991, will return later this week to the church, at 1448 E. 53rd St. The show will take place from 10(…)

Neighbors, clean up after your dogs

To the Editor: I live on 52nd Street and Kenwood Avenue and try to keep a nice garden for all to enjoy. While it is early for planting, it is clean up time. Today I have seen two dog walkers let their dogs use my garden and not picking up after them. I knocked on(…)

Getting to the South Side’s bedrock

To the Editor: People who want to experience Chicago’s bedrock without getting their feet wet, as inevitably happens when exploring Morgan Shoal, should head a few blocks south to hike along the beach between LaRabida Hospital and 67th Street. This fascinating beach, believed by some to be paved with concrete, is in fact an emergence(…)

Hope in recent election results

To the Editor: While Illinois families face tremendous challenges at both the state and municipal levels, the results of Chicago’s February 24, 2015 nonpartisan election offer inspiration, and accountability. In an unprecedented jolt to Chicago’s political establishment, Chicago voters forced a runoff between Mayor Rahm Emanuel and challenger Cook County Board Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia.(…)

Equity in school funding is a central civil rights issue of our time

By STATE REP. CHRISTIAN MITCHELL (D-26) A public school in the northwest suburbs touts amenities such as a state-of-the-art rock climbing wall, a photography lab, a TV studio and free Chromebooks for all incoming students. Other districts have multiple Olympic-size swimming pools. But in some schools in the 26th District, there are children using textbooks(…)

“Under City Stone” mural at 55th Street getting a boost

“Under City Stone” mural at 55th Street getting a boost

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement is funding the restoration of a mural in the 55th Street viaduct this summer. Wisconsin-based artist and former Hyde Parker Caryl Yasko will lead the restoration of her 1972 mural, “Under City Stone,” according to Nika Levando, director of Neighborhood Initiatives for(…)

Two-way traffic and new signage on 57th Street to be explored in online poll, meeting

Two-way traffic and new signage on 57th Street to be explored in online poll, meeting

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Major changes may be in the works for 57th Street. A public meeting to discuss the possibilities will take place at 6 p.m. on April 13, at University Church, 5655 S. University Ave. The South East Chicago Commission and Ald. Leslie Hairston’s (5th) office have been circulating a survey via(…)

Kozminski Elementary ripe for new community garden

Kozminski Elementary ripe for new community garden

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kozminski Elementary School is expanding its learning experiences to the outdoors with a community garden, which is expected to be complete by June. Kozminski, 936 E. 54th St., in partnership with Openlands, an organization that protects natural habitats and wildlife in Illinois, will create a 2,000-square-foot community garden on(…)

Murray Elementary court ruling, starry night and spring benefit in school news

Judge rules on civil rights case against principal of Murray Elementary School, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave. U.S. District Judge Manish Shah threw out a civil suit Thursday brought by teacher Lincoln Brown who claimed Murray principal Greg Mason and Chicago Public Schools violated his First and Fifth Amendment rights by suspending him without pay for(…)

Bret Harte Elementary students headed to D.C. this spring

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Bret Harte Elementary School 8th graders have raised enough money to visit Washington, D.C., this spring. This event is a highlight for the school’s first graduating 8th grade class since the 2002 -2003 school year. From April 22 to April 24, 27 students from the graduating class at Bret(…)

All you need is love — of the baroque

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic It has become commonplace for those offering concerts to give them a title. Sometimes the title imparts clear and useful information. Sometimes it is vague and flowery. Sometimes it is witty. Sometimes it is obscure. Sometimes it is pointless. Baroque Band titles their concerts in a way which offers(…)

Review: “Balm in Gilead”

Review: “Balm in Gilead”

RECOMMENDED Where: Griffin Theatre Company at The Den Theatre, 1329-1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. When: through April 19 Tickets: $35 Phone: 866-811-4111 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Anyone who’s been around Chicago theater long enough remembers Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s 1980 production of “Balm in Gilead” as one of the greatest shows ever. Director John Malkovich turned Landford Wilson’s(…)

Review: “Outside Mullingar”

RECOMMENDED Where: Northlight Theatre, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie When: through April 19 Tickets: $25-$78 Phone: 847-673-6300 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic John Patrick Shanley’s “Outside Mullingar” is set from 2008 to 2013 and premiered on Broadway last year, but the old-fashioned romantic comedy could have been written half-a-century(…)

Hyde Parkers reach top of marketing firm

Two Hyde Park residents have been named partners at a downtown marketing firm. Lipman Hearne, a marketing firm that specializes in working with non-profit organizations, named Alexia Koelling and Sara Stern as new partners recently. Koelling is the firm’s executive vice president of Consulting and Account Management. She previously worked at a firm where she(…)