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Happy smoking

Happy smoking

Although a character from a certain liquor commercial lays claim to the title “most interesting man in the world” (don’t get the reference?), we at HeraldBlog feel it belongs to two-time contributor Kenneth Xavier Zehir. Here is the second of his incredibly debonair series on smoking pipes. It’s transcribed below as received in the mail,(…)

Try this park

Try this park

Sometimes, you need to look at a couple hills of tall grass. Surprisingly, you can do that right here. On 47th and Cornell, just behind a parking lot, you’ll find the entrance to a small but pleasantly secluded park, part of the Park District’s Burnham Park. . Features run- or walk-able paths and a boardwalk, along(…)

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(…)

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(…)

My corncob pipe

My corncob pipe

We got this letter from Hyde Parker Ken Xavier Zehir and thought we’d pass it along.   “I first started smoking when I was seven years of age. It was a Newport cigarette, and I nearly choked to death. I mean I coughed my fool head off! At 16, to look adult, I smoked my(…)

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.