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Sounds of autumn: A 2014 music preview

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Just as the weather has become cool, the Chicago music scene is heating up. This fall preview will highlight some of the classical music and opera events taking place through the end of the year. We’ll start with a look at Hyde Park, then consider the greater South Side,(…)

Smoke brings four firetrucks to Harper Ave. apartment building

Smoke brings four firetrucks to Harper Ave. apartment building

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Four firetrucks responded to an incident on the 5100 block of Harper Avenue late Monday afternoon. The incident took place at an apartment building 5120 S. Harper Ave., where smoke began spewing onto the sidewalk a few minutes past 5 p.m. Firefighters removed an object appearing to be the source(…)

Late Hyde Park labor activist Les Orear to be honored next week

The life and work of late Hyde Park resident and labor activist Leslie Orear will be remembered at a public event next week at Roosevelt University. “The Life and Times of Les Orear: A Presentation in Words, Song and Images of 103 Years of Working-Class Struggle and History,” will take place at 5 p.m. on(…)

Lab Schools journalism teacher Wayne Brasler to retire

University of Chicago Lab Schools journalism teacher Wayne Brasler is planning to retire, according to a Wednesday announcement by school director Robin Appleby. “After 51 years at Lab, journalism teacher Wayne Brasler has announced he is planning to retire and return to the professional sector,” Appleby said in a e-mail to the Lab community, adding(…)

Staged reading this Friday at Augustana

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Community Players will be hosting their twelfth-ever monthly staged reading this Friday, marking nearly a year since the series began last October. Laura MacGregor, producer of the Players’ First Fridays Staged Reading Series, and University of Chicago undergraduate student Kyllie Nolla will rehearse selections from Pulitzer Prize-winner(…)

Larry Turpin and Julie Woestehoff leave Chicago

Hyde Park pastor Larry Turpin and education activist Julie Woestehoff have moved to Wyoming. Woestehoff had been executive director of Parents United for Responsible Education since 1995. The group has been a fierce critic of charter schools and standardized testing. Her husband, Turpin, was pastor at the United Church of Hyde Park, 1448 E. 53rd(…)

Kenwood Academic Center to move into Canter Middle School

Kenwood Academic Center to move into Canter Middle School

By Daschell M. Phillips Staff Writer The Kenwood High School Academic Center will move into the recently vacant Canter building in the 2015-2016 school year, according to Ald. Will Burns (4th). Burns released a statement Tuesday afternoon stating that Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CEO of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Barbara Byrd Bennett met with Kenwood(…)

Pop-up boutique Sir and Madame to leave Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Sir and Madame, 1420 E. 53rd St., will close this Sunday to make way for a new pop-up. The Ukranian Village-based retailer’s Hyde Park pop-up was slated to close in March, according to co-owner and neighborhood resident Autumn Merritt. Instead, it stayed open for nine months before announcing its closure(…)