About Yasmine Laasraoui

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Farewell from a blogger

Farewell from a blogger

Editor’s note: Yasmine Laasraoui, Herald Intern, has been writing for HeraldBlog and the print newspaper for the summer. Interning at the Herald has given me the opportunity to explore Hyde Park, a historic and culturally diverse neighborhood and an area of Chicago I’ve never really taken the time to visit. (Despite its being the home(…)

HPAC artists share work

HPAC artists share work

On Saturday Aug.10, the Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., introduced a new exhibition, “Front & Center,” presenting work from their developing artists in The Center Program. Michelle Harris’ “autobiographical” piece consisted of a table surface displaying clay objects around a woven rug. A recent spinal injury left Harris unable to bend down,(…)

Obama Watch– kissing rock

Obama Watch– kissing rock

How do you measure love? Hyde Parker (and President of the United States) Barack Obama doesn’t need a expert to answer that question. He can head over to 53rd and Dorchester, where his love for his wife Michelle Obama can be measured in pounds. The “Obama Kissing Rock” monument weighs in at 3,000 pounds (1.5(…)

Neighborhood Snapshot– The Video (lottery?) Connection

Neighborhood Snapshot– The Video (lottery?) Connection

The Video Connection, 1208 E 53rd St., once advertized in the Herald as having the “perfect antidote to Chicago’s long frosty winter months” with “cinema masterpieces” such as “Citizen Kane,” the Star Wars Trilogy and Michael Jordan’s “Playground”. But Hyde Park’s video connection no longer stocks videos. The large blue wall where the movies were(…)

Pig lungs and sheep hearts and brains: oh my!

Pig lungs and sheep hearts and brains: oh my!

Pig lungs were inflated and deflated with a foot pump. Sheep hearts, brains and eyes were on display—and kids got to poke at them (using plastic gloves of course).   The free Globs, Goo and Guts! event at the Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., gave participants “a great opportunity to have some hands-on(…)

Chaka Khan Visits DuSable

Chaka Khan Visits DuSable

By Yasmine Laasraoui Photos by Yasmine Laasraoui The DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E 56th Place, held a private reception on Saturday in honor of Hyde Park native and ten-time Grammy Award winner Chaka Khan. The reception took place at the lower level of the museum. When I arrived, I was told that(…)

Words become flesh

Words become flesh

By Yasmine Laasraoui The Logan Center Performance Hall, 915 E. 60th St. will be presenting “Word Becomes Flesh” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 6. “Word Becomes Flesh” is written and directed by Marc Bamuthi Joseph, a New York City native and current director of performing arts at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts(…)

Globs, Goo and Guts!

Globs, Goo and Guts!

By Yasmine Laasraoui Globs, Goo and Guts!, a hands-on educational event will be held on August 1, 2 p.m. at the Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. The event, which has been circulating through various Chicago libraries since June will provide participants with “real, relevant science” taught by science educators and scientists, explains program director Anne Zahn.(…)

Hyde Park Eats – Bonne Sante

Hyde Park Eats – Bonne Sante

When I’m hungry and on the run, whether its on my way to intern at the Herald, to work, or in between classes, I hate being limited to greasy fast food or boring submarine sandwiches. I’m always on the lookout for fast, healthy, vegetarian meals that won’t break the bank. Bonne Sante Health Foods’, 1512 E. 53rd St. juice bar and deli satisfy these criteria.

Obama Watch: Walgreens’ presidential shrine markdown

Obama Watch: Walgreens’ presidential shrine markdown

By Yasmine Laasraoui Photos by Yasmine Laasraoui In 2008, the Walgreen’s on 55th Street used to advertise on its brightly lit sign, “We have President Obama Merchandise.” Shelves were stocked with various Obama goods, from posters and t-shirts to “Barock” pet rocks, catering to the public’s pre- and post-elections needs. But Hyde Park’s kitschy shrine(…)