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Art project seeking shoe donations

Art project seeking shoe donations

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer An inspiring art project is highlighting justice for those murdered in Chicago last year by taking one step at a time. The Golden Shoes Project is collecting 433 shoes to represent the 36 women and 397 men who were killed in Chicago in 2014. Kazandra Santana, who is behind the(…)

Now streaming: Hyde Park-based series

Now streaming: Hyde Park-based series

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A TV pilot exclusively filmed in Hyde Park is now available to purchase and watch in its entirety. Irami Osei-Frimpong, a Hyde Park native who recently relocated to Oregon, filmed the pilot for “Disciples” last summer in various Hyde Park locations, including: Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave.; Hyde(…)

Chicago Hyde Park Village announces first director

Chicago Hyde Park Village announces first director

By EMMA HERMAN Herald Intern Chicago Hyde Park Village (CHPV) announced last week that Hyde Park native Lauren Alspaugh will serve as its inaugural executive director. CHPV, which opened in November of 2014, is one of four Village offices in the Chicago area and the only one on the South Side. Each chapter of the(…)

I Am We launches new campaign

I Am We launches new campaign

By EMMA HERMAN Herald Intern Local non-profit organization I Am We will launch a new initiative next Saturday, aimed at improving high school graduation rates among youth in underserved Chicago neighborhoods. Woodlawn resident Latisha Thomas moved from the North Side several years ago and founded I Am We shortly after. The stated goal of the(…)

African Fest returning to Washington Park in September

African Fest returning to Washington Park in September

By EMMA HERMAN Herald Intern The grounds of Washington Park will be transformed over Labor Day weekend, as the park plays host to the African Festival of the Arts. The African Fest, which will run from Sept. 4 to Sept. 7, will feature more than 300 artists and performers from Africa and the African diaspora.(…)

Plastic bag ban no sweat for local businesses; chains work harder

Plastic bag ban no sweat for local businesses; chains work harder

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The plastic bag ban that was implemented citywide on Aug. 1 has caused some headaches for Chicago shoppers, but Hyde Park’s mom-and-pop stores aren’t seeing any effects from the issue. The new law is required for chain stores (businesses with three or more stores having common ownership) that have a(…)

Hyde PArk Community Players performances continue

Hyde PArk Community Players performances continue

By EMMA HERMAN Herald Intern Hyde Park has much to offer its resident thespians in the upcoming month, thanks to the wide variety of events hosted by the Hyde Park Community Players. The Players, founded in 2009 by Paul and Rachel Baker, have successfully staged more than a dozen productions over the last six years.(…)

Tree sculptures coming to Nichols Park

Tree sculptures coming to Nichols Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Two ash trees in Nichols Park, 1355 E. 53rd St., will soon be turned into sculptures as part of The Chicago Tree Project, a Chicago Park District and Chicago Sculpture International initiative to transform dying trees into public art. One of the ash trees soon to be sculpted sits in(…)

Little Black Pearl goes Hollywood

Little Black Pearl goes Hollywood

By EMMA HERMAN Herald Intern Students from the Little Black Pearl Art and Design Academy and the Best Buy Teen Tech Center worked on the set of a Hollywood film this summer, in partnership with members of the Chicago-based program Fresh Films. Fresh Films is a national filmmaking program for teens, with the final products(…)

A10 demonstrates what local can do

A10 demonstrates what local can do

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A10 is showing its customers that their favorite fruit or vegetable can be incorporated into just about any dish. The restaurant has partnered up with local farms and gardens to present its “Tour the Garden” dinner series. Every Wednesday from now until Aug. 26, A10 will feature one fruit or(…)

South Sider charged for bomb scare

South Sider charged for bomb scare

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A South Side resident has been charged with a felony after leaving a suspicious backpack one block from President Barack Obama’s home in Hyde Park. Marquez Hassell, 20, of the 5500 block of South La Salle Street, is being held by 2nd District police on a $250,000 bond and faces(…)

New board chair at Hyde Park Art Center

New board chair at Hyde Park Art Center

By SARAH PAN Herald intern Auction House founder and Hyde Park resident Richard Wright has been appointed new board chair of the Hyde Park Art Center. Wright, who was the board secretary prior to becoming chair, is founder and president of the Wright auction house, located in both Chicago and New York. He has also(…)

As Ellis Avenue Church’s garden blooms, the community takes notice

As Ellis Avenue Church’s garden blooms, the community takes notice

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern What used to be gravel paths and weeds surrounding Ellis Avenue Church is now a transformed wonder to the eyes. Stone paths curve around various thriving flowers of vibrant orange and reds, blues and purples, behind and in front of the dim yellow and green lined building. Shorter plants reach(…)

LaRabida tutoring gears up for new academic year

LaRabida tutoring gears up for new academic year

By EMMA HERMAN Staff Writer The tutoring program at La Rabida Children’s Hospital needs volunteers, and high school students are encouraged to apply. La Rabida, 6501 S. Promontory Dr., was founded in 1895 and treats children with chronic illnesses such as diabetes and Down syndrome and runs both in-patient and outpatient programs. The tutoring program,(…)

Hyde Park Art Center residencies immerse creators

Hyde Park Art Center residencies immerse creators

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The local art scene in Hyde Park is getting an international flare, thanks to the residency program at the Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. Since 2012, the Jackman Goldwasser Residency Program has allowed local, national and international artists to showcase their art and work collaboratively with the(…)

Local author Sara Paretsky launches new book

Local author Sara Paretsky launches new book

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Hyde Park author Sara Paretsky will celebrate the launch of her new book “Brush Back” Thursday at the Seminary Co-op. “Brush Back” will be the next in a book series revolving around V. I. Warshawski, a Chicago investigator. The author has produced 17 books in the series over 33 years.(…)

Hyde Park remembers Hiroshima

Hyde Park remembers Hiroshima

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the first atomic bomb dropped in Hiroshima, Japan, the community is welcomed to join a remembrance gathering at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, at the site of the Henry Moore sculpture on South Ellis Avenue. Activists and advocates will be in attendance at the(…)

New leadership at Music Teachers of Hyde Park

New leadership at Music Teachers of Hyde Park

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Pianists Donna Lee Fackenthal and Dhilanthi Fernando were recently appointed to leadership roles in the Music Teachers of Hyde Park program, an organization that provides music lessons and performances for the neighborhood. Fackenthal, who is the new president of Music Teachers of Hyde Park (MTHP), is an independent piano teacher(…)

Traveling bikes, art coming to Hyde Park

Traveling bikes, art coming to Hyde Park

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Imagine biking a whole theater set across the country to perform shows at various locations and venues. Agile Rascal “Traveling Bike Theatre” is doing just that. The theatre, composed of seven Bay Area artists, is traveling across the United States this summer to perform their play “Synopsis.” At 8 p.m.(…)

Local lawyer elected to board

Local lawyer elected to board

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park resident Christopher Niro has been elected to the established Board of Directors of the Illinois Bar Foundation (IBF). Niro, a senior associate at the Niro, Haller & Niro law firm in Chicago, will be taking on duties as a Young Lawyers Division Liaison. Niro said he is honored(…)