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Storytelling event in Elm Park

The Elm Park Advisory Council is hosting “Strangers No More: Stories of Connection,” a time where strangers will gather and connect by sharing their life stories. “Strangers No More” will begin at 3 p.m., Aug. 1, at Elm Park, 5215 S. Woodlawn Ave. The event is free and open to the public. Participants are encouraged(…)

Hyde Park Art Center residencies immerse creators

Hyde Park Art Center residencies immerse creators

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The local art scene in Hyde Park is getting an international flare, thanks to the residency program at the Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. Since 2012, the Jackman Goldwasser Residency Program has allowed local, national and international artists to showcase their art and work collaboratively with the(…)

Local author Sara Paretsky launches new book

Local author Sara Paretsky launches new book

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Hyde Park author Sara Paretsky will celebrate the launch of her new book “Brush Back” Thursday at the Seminary Co-op. “Brush Back” will be the next in a book series revolving around V. I. Warshawski, a Chicago investigator. The author has produced 17 books in the series over 33 years.(…)

Hyde Park remembers Hiroshima

Hyde Park remembers Hiroshima

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the first atomic bomb dropped in Hiroshima, Japan, the community is welcomed to join a remembrance gathering at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, at the site of the Henry Moore sculpture on South Ellis Avenue. Activists and advocates will be in attendance at the(…)

New leadership at Music Teachers of Hyde Park

New leadership at Music Teachers of Hyde Park

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Pianists Donna Lee Fackenthal and Dhilanthi Fernando were recently appointed to leadership roles in the Music Teachers of Hyde Park program, an organization that provides music lessons and performances for the neighborhood. Fackenthal, who is the new president of Music Teachers of Hyde Park (MTHP), is an independent piano teacher(…)

Traveling bikes, art coming to Hyde Park

Traveling bikes, art coming to Hyde Park

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Imagine biking a whole theater set across the country to perform shows at various locations and venues. Agile Rascal “Traveling Bike Theatre” is doing just that. The theatre, composed of seven Bay Area artists, is traveling across the United States this summer to perform their play “Synopsis.” At 8 p.m.(…)

Local lawyer elected to board

Local lawyer elected to board

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park resident Christopher Niro has been elected to the established Board of Directors of the Illinois Bar Foundation (IBF). Niro, a senior associate at the Niro, Haller & Niro law firm in Chicago, will be taking on duties as a Young Lawyers Division Liaison. Niro said he is honored(…)

MSI showing kids science can be cool

MSI showing kids science can be cool

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) again partnered with the Chicago Public Library system this year to bring hands-on science experience to kids. Over the last half of July, teenagers interning at MSI lead science-related activities at various library locations across the city. Attending children follow high school interns(…)

Montgomery Place striving to serve changing needs

To the Editor: We appreciate the thoughtful report on the recent White House Conference on Aging prepared by Hyde Park Older Women’s League (OWL) and Chicago Hyde Park Village (CHPV). Everyone associated with Montgomery Place shares their commitment to providing the finest services and programs for older adults in our community. We concur with the(…)

Jimmy Carter visits Hyde Park

Jimmy Carter visits Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Friday, July 24, former President Jimmy Carter held a book signing at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., for the release of his new memoir, “A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety.” Hundreds of people hoping to procure a signed copy of the former president’s new book streamed(…)

Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) hosts meeting after shooting

Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) hosts meeting after shooting

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Wednesday, July 22, community members, Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) and University of Chicago police and City of Chicago police officials convened at Renaissance Place, 5200 S. Ellis Ave., to address a recent shooting in the 5200 block of South Drexel Avenue. The shooting occurred on July 14, at approximately(…)

The future of Wright’s Blossom House still in question

The future of Wright’s Blossom House still in question

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Following the controversial debate over a proposed bed-and-breakfast in 2013, the future plans for the Frank Lloyd Wright George Blossom House, 4858 S. Kenwood Ave., have been a mystery. The house, which Frank Lloyd Wright designed while working as a draftsman for Adler and Sullivan in 1892, was sold on(…)

“Under City Stone” mural restoration

“Under City Stone” mural restoration

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer An artist has returned to Hyde Park to restore the mural that started her career. Caryl Yasko completed the mural at Lake Park Avenue and 55th Street in 1972. Known as “Under City Stone,” the viaduct mural is being repainted in an effort to preserve a piece of Hyde Park’s(…)

Local sculptor takes aim at violence

Local sculptor takes aim at violence

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Hyde Park sculptor Garland Martin Taylor is traveling the United States with his latest project, a 380 lb. metal revolver, in the back of his truck. Taylor hopes that the sculpture, entitled “Conversation Piece,” will encourage onlookers to explore the root causes of gun violence. Taylor makes clear that “Conversation(…)

Hollywood takes over Hyde Park streets

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hollywood came to Hyde Park on Friday to film a scene of “Southside With You,” a movie about President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama’s first date. Ald. Will Burns (4th) notified residents and businesses on 53rd Street between Woodlawn Avenue and Kimbark Avenue, and all of Kimbark Avenue between Hyde(…)

Police critics take to street

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Campaign for Equitable Policing (CEP), a student-led organization encouraging accountability and equitable policing practices in the University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD), is canvassing through Hyde Park in the hopes of furthering its relationship with the community. The CEP was formed in 2013 after students from Dyett and Kenwood(…)

Review: Leo Fall operetta falls short

Review: Leo Fall operetta falls short

Where: Vittum Theater, 1012 N. Noble St. When: through Aug. 2 Tickets: chicagofolksoperetta.org By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Leo Fall (1873 – 1925) was one of the great composers of operettas. He got his early training at the Vienna Conservatory and once worked as a violinist in Franz Lehár’s orchestra. He wrote his first(…)

Review: “All Our Tragic”

Review: “All Our Tragic”

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Where: Den Theatre, 1329 N. Milwaukee Ave. When: through Aug. 16 Tickets: $125, available at the-hypocrites.com The Hypocrites’ “All Our Tragic” should be required viewing for anyone interested in theater. After seeing the world premiere of artistic director Sean Graney’s mash-up of all 32 surviving Greek tragedies by Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides last(…)

Review: “Kinky Boots”

RECOMMENDED Where: Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St. When: through July 26 Tickets: $25-$108 Phone: 800-775-2000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic When I reviewed the pre-Broadway premiere of “Kinky Boots” at the Bank of America Theatre in 2012, I praised the concept, the music and lyrics by pop idol Cyndi Lauper, David Rockwell’s scenic(…)

Hyde Park area chief is now CPS education chief

Janice Jackson has been named the Chief Education Officer of Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Prior to her appointment, Jackson was the Network Chief of Network 9, which included overseeing schools in the Hyde Park neighborhood. Jackson also previously served as acting principal for Westinghouse and Al Raby high schools. CPS has not yet confirmed Jackson’s(…)