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Two successful seasons brought to a close in Hyde Park

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic When you can see summer coming without resort to squinting, you also know that the music season is coming to a close. Two performing groups with strong Hyde Park support, Baroque Band and the Chicago Ensemble, have both given their final performances of the 2014-15 season and both were(…)

Review: “The Secret Garden”

RECOMMENDED Where: Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. When: through June 21 Tickets: $45-$65 Phone: 773-753-4472 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic “The Secret Garden” has never been one of my favorite shows. Marsha Norman (book and lyrics) and Lucy Simon’s (music) 1991 musical based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1911 children’s novel has always struck me(…)

DuSable Museum to host outdoor movies

The DuSable Museum of African American History is pleased to present the 2015 edition of the Chicago Park District’s “Movies In The Parks” beginning Saturday, June 20, and ending on Saturday, August 15. The museum will present screenings of popular, family-friendly films in addition to an invitation to experience the DuSable Mobile Museum. The films(…)

Grants and kudos in Hyde Park school news

Grants and kudos in Hyde Park school news

Urban Education Institute professor receives prestigious teaching award at University of Chicago, 5801 S. Ellis Ave. Sara Ray Stoelinga, the Sara Liston Spurlark Director of the Urban Education Institute, has won the University of Chicago’s Quantrell Award. The award is given annually to faculty members for outstanding teaching at the college and is considered the(…)

End of an era at Dyett High School

End of an era at Dyett High School

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer As of Herald press time, the last graduating class of the phased-out Dyett High School was slated to graduate Tuesday morning at the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl. All 13 seniors were accepted into college and three of the students received full or partial(…)

Thanks to all who helped out Bret Harte

To the Editor: We would like to publicly thank all of the community members who supported the Bret Harte 8th graders as we traveled to Washington, D.C., this spring. This is the first year that Bret Harte has had an 8th grade due to the school actions in the last few years and the administration(…)

Crash drives home need for trauma center

To the Editor: Today a terrible automobile accident took place right in front of our building in Hyde Park. A car driving at high speed veered off the inner drive, jumped the curb, narrowly missed a light pole and then crashed directly into a large tree. Part of the front of the car wrapped itself(…)

Why we put brakes on police info law

To the Editor: We heard from the community at town hall meetings. We heard from people who phoned and visited our offices. We were button-holed by friends and neighbors as we walked down the street. The concern? The breadth and extent of University of Chicago Police Department authority: how big is the UCPD area? And(…)

South Siders rally against gun violence at Hadiya Pendleton commemoration

South Siders rally against gun violence at Hadiya Pendleton commemoration

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Community members and activists gathered in Harold Washington Park, Wednesday, June 3, to commemorate Hadiya Pendleton on what would have been her 18th birthday. Pendleton’s life was cut short, January 29, 2013, when shots were fired into a group of King College Preparatory students taking cover from the rain in(…)

Trauma center activists occupy University of Chicago administration building

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer At approximately 5 p.m. on June 3, students and South Side activists staged a sit-in at the University of Chicago’s main administration building, 5801 S. Ellis Ave. Representatives from Students for Health Equity and Fearless Leading by the Youth (FLY) led a rally outside of the administration building while a group(…)

Chamber of commerce highlights Hyde Park resources with Third Thursday

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer Informing and networking was the agenda at the Third Thursday hosted by the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce last week. It was a full house, as people mingled and passed out business cards at Citibank University of Chicago Campus branch, 5820 S. Ellis Ave. Wallace Goode Jr., the executive director(…)

Vegan cooking entering your Hyde Park home

Vegan cooking entering your Hyde Park home

By ALEXIS MILLER Staff Writer Paulette Marshall is one of Hyde Park’s small business owners who, with the help of Bonne Sante Health Food Store, 1512 E. 53rd St., has been able to make her dream of selling her vegan product line a reality. Marshall, a native Chicagoan who was raised overseas in Jerusalem, infuses(…)

Hyde Park Historical Society celebrates youth

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Historical Society will celebrate students whose projects on the history of Hyde Park won awards at this year’s History Fair competitions Saturday at its annual History Fair program. Logan Young, a student at the University of Chicago Laboratory School, will receive the Hyde Park Historical Society’s(…)

Salonen sizzles at Symphony Center

Salonen sizzles at Symphony Center

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Esa-Pekka Salonen concluded his three weeks at Symphony Center with a concert at the end of May consisting of works by Debussy, Ravel and Messiaen. The Finnish conductor led the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in a riveting performance of some great French compositions. First on the program was the flute(…)

Review: “The Projects”

Review: “The Projects”

RECOMMENDED Where: American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron St. When: through June 21 Tickets: $43-$48 Phone: 773-409-4125 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic I’ve been trying to appreciate the world premiere of “The Project(s)” at American Theater Company for what it is rather than getting hung up on what it purports to be. According to artistic(…)

Hyde Park Farmers Market returns to Harper Court

On Thursday, June 4, the annual Hyde Park Farmers Market arrives at Harper Court on 53rd Street. The event is co-sponsored by the South East Chicago Commission and Special Service Area Hyde Park. The market runs every Thursday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and features local and regional farms as well as Hyde Park(…)

Make Music Chicago enters 5th year

On June 21st, Make Music Chicago enters its fifth consecutive year as a free, citywide music festival. The event showcases musicians of all ages and skill levels at public venues across Chicago. The festival functions as part of “Fête de la Musique,” an annual event that takes place in more than 700 cities world-wide as(…)

Lauranita Taylor Dugas, 88

Lauranita Taylor Dugas, 88

Lauranita Taylor Dugas, Hyde Park educator and social advocate, died on May 20, 2015. She was 88. Dugas worked for the Head Start Program, the State of Illinois’ Institute for Juvenile Research and for the Chicago Child Care Society as a supervising teacher for 25 years until her retirement. Dugas chaired the Jones-Swift Scholarship fund(…)

Ephraim Miller, 84

Ephraim Miller, 84

Ephraim Miller, a Hyde Park resident throughout the 1970s and 1980s, passed away the morning of May 28, in Beaverton, Ore. Miller was born to Russian, Jewish immigrant parents on Sept. 8, 1930, in New York City. From New York, Miller traveled to Boston to study chemical engineering at MIT. While in Boston working as(…)

Prashant Bhargava, 42

Prashant Bhargava, 42

Prashant Bhargava, an acclaimed filmmaker and commercial director known for revealing the extraordinary in the ordinary, died on May 15, 2015, at the age of 42. Bhargava was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, his work grounded in its rhythms and spaces. The 1990 Kenwood Academy graduate described himself as “one of(…)