Film Review: “Fruitvale Station”

Film Review: “Fruitvale Station”

The story is pretty familiar to anyone who paid attention to the news four years ago, especially if you were in California at the time. On January 1, 2009, after a night of celebrating the new year in San Francisco, 22-year-old Oscar Grant was shot and killed by a Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer(…)

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(…)

From the Vault– Ugly is Sin

From the Vault– Ugly is Sin

“Sling a dead cat” into your room, suggests the Hyde Park Herald’s July 24, 1885 issue. We used to be a much more “literary” paper. I put that in quotes because I mean it in the most judgmental way possible. At first, the piece “How to look ugly,” published with the poetry and serial novels(…)

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(…)

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(…)

CAT Film Festival celebrates cats on film

CAT Film Festival celebrates cats on film

By Brian Belak It’s arguably the most important development of the last decade, though probably not for furthering the development of society, but for stunting it. It is the cute cat video, the great time-waster of the Internet, holding millions of users hostage on Youtube as they choose one more meow over whatever work they(…)

Sojourn in Sicily Part 2: Getting There

Sojourn in Sicily Part 2: Getting There

We arrive at O’Hare International Airport, Terminal 3, at 11:30 a.m. for our 3:25 p.m. flight on Air Berlin. I know it’s absurdly early, but I’m always afraid things are going to go wrong at the airport. They don’t exactly … but check-in takes a very long time. I ask to switch seats to the(…)

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(…)

Doc Films: “The Sleeping Tiger”

Doc Films: “The Sleeping Tiger”

For more information about Doc Films, visit docfilms.org. If you were held at gunpoint in the middle of the night, would you turn your assailant in to the police, or invite him to come live in your home for a couple weeks? In the 1954 film noir The Sleeping Tiger, showing in 16mm at Doc(…)

Reality star arrested in Hyde Park

Reality star arrested in Hyde Park

Hyde Park got another Hollywood connection (cf. Chaka Khan, Chicago Fire) with the arrest of reality TV star Josh Marks early Monday morning. The U. of C. police arrested the 26 year old at 5428 S. Kimbark after he attacked and attempted to disarm a police officer. Marks was a finalist on the show “MasterChef,”(…)