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African fest opening this weekend

The 24th annual African Festival of the Arts will run from Friday, Aug. 30 to Monday, Sept. 2. Located at 5100 S. Cottage Grove Ave., the festival features performances and art centered around the cultures of Africa. Headlining the festival, which draws visitors from across the nation, is Grammy-winner Brandy, or Brandy Norwood, who performs(…)

This old house returns to HP

The Hyde Park Historical Society will hold the second-to-last lectures of its “This Old (Hyde Park) House” series Sept. 22. Carol Yetken, who is a landscape architect, will discuss landscaping a historic house. Yetken has worked on projects for the Robie House, 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave., and other landmarks. Another lecturer will assist her. The(…)

Praising No. 28’s return to old route

To the Editor: Nowadays it is a rare pleasure to read any good news in any newspaper. So I was glad to see the recent article in the Herald announcing that the CTA has agreed to return the No. 28 bus to its previous route as per the public’s request. Having this bus go directly(…)

U. of C. goals at Schuster site clear

To the Editor: Your Aug. 21 article “U. of C. denies plans for site” misrepresents my comments about the Schuster Building in a way that confuses the issue. As the Herald previously reported, the university is planning a thorough renovation of the building, which is in need of repairs. The long-term goals of that project(…)

Book fair back in Sept.

Book fair back in Sept.

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern The 27th annual Hyde Park Children’s Book Fair is on the horizon. On Sept. 22 from noon to 5 p.m., families can head to Nichols Park, 1355 E. 53rd St., to buy books, meet costumed characters and authors and participate in other activities. Rebecca Janowitz, a previous organizer of the(…)

Kenwood, Ray in school news

Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. The Kenwood Academy Jazz Band has been invited to play at the Chicago Jazz Festival for the seventh consecutive year. The band will play at 3:45 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Chicago Community Trust Young Jazz Lions Pavilion Harris Theater Rooftop in Millennium Park. Ray Elementary(…)

Question over lots

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern After Woodlawn residents voiced their concerns over vacant lots in their neighborhood, the U. of C. has reaffirmed its desire to “be a good neighbor,” but isn’t making specific promises in every case. At a Civic Engagement community meeting held at the School of Social Service Administration, 969 E. 60th(…)

Whole foods on track for 2015 arrival

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Whole Foods is still planning on opening its first South Side store inside City Hyde Park in 2015, despite neighborhood rumors to the contrary. “I’m happy to report that there’s no truth to the rumor,” said Eli Ungar, principal at Antheus Capital. “People like to speculate about these things.” Antheus(…)