By Yasmine Laasraoui Since 2011, Hyde Park’s Promontory Point has been host to evenings of artistic expression around a fire pit, Art is Bonfire. The event usually begins with a social hour during which participants may roast hotdogs or marshmallows. Afterwards, a poem is read and following an explanation of the event, attendees are invited(…)
By Yasmine Laasraoui Photo by Yasmine Laasraoui As a non-Hyde Parker, I find myself exploring new and interesting places everyday. I have discovered the neighborhood’s bookstores, unlike the sterile environments of Barnes & Nobles and Borders, to be perfect places to spend an afternoon. At O’Gara and Wilson’s, 1448 E. 57th St., black and white(…)
By Maria Castellucci The 23rd Annual Old School Reunion at Jackson Park on Saturday July 6 was an experience unlike any other. Over 30,000 people visited Jackson Park to attend the house music event hosted by the Chosen Few DJs. When I was spoke with Chosen Few DJ Tony Hatchett two weeks ago for a(…)
First, a little basic history on the ongoing permission wall behind the Mobil gas station in Hyde Park. We always called it “the Mobil wall,” “53rd Street” or the “Hyde Park wall.” I started that wall in 1992.
By Maria Castellucci As part of the 48th Annual Rockefeller Carillon Festival, “The Bells of Summer,” free performances by a host of international carillonneurs will take place at 5 p.m. every Sunday at the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave. The first performance, by carillonneur Arie Abbenes, took place June 23. The series will(…)
The graffiti wall behind the Mobil station along 53rd Street has operated in the grey area between legal and illegal since the early ‘90s. But for the bulk of that time it has been a generally low-conflict zone where talented street artists can practice painting, memorialize a friend or make a statement.
By Brian Belak Every year, the summer schedule at Doc Films proves itself interesting. With many of the regular attendees and volunteers gone for the quarter with much of the University community, the screenings are scaled back to Wednesdays through Saturdays, and there aren’t so many big-name blockbusters in the line-up. However, this ultimately makes(…)
By Yasmine Laasraoui Photos by Yasmine Laasraoui One of the last record stores on the South Side, Hyde Park Records, 1377 E 53rd St., is hosting a three-part music event series. This past Saturday, June 29, the shop kicked-off its “All-Vinyl In Store Series,” presenting a live DJ set without that “digital stuff,” as explained(…)
By Yasmine Laasraoui As a vegetarian, I’ve found my meals out to be repetitive and unoriginal. In an effort to spice things up, I headed to B’Gabs Goodies, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave. Although I’ve committed myself to vegetarianism for years now, I’ve always been skeptical towards raw veganism. How can something taste good without being(…)
When demolition begins on the Mobil station on 53rd Street later this summer — to make way for the Vue53 development — the whole site will be leveled. That includes one of the most varying and accessible artistic venues in Chicago.