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Tellabration celebrating 18 years in Hyde Park this November

Tellabration celebrating 18 years in Hyde Park this November

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A neighborhood storytelling tradition, Tellabration, will return to Hyde Park later this month. An annual evening of simultaneous storytelling events that started in Connecticut in 1988, Tellebration programming has since taken place across the country and around the world. Hyde Park’s 18th annual production of Tellebration is scheduled to take(…)

17-year-old suspect charged in two sexual assaults along Hyde Park lakefront

17-year-old suspect charged in two sexual assaults along Hyde Park lakefront

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A 17-year-old has been charged with assaulting two women on Hyde Park’s lakefront in the last week. Raekwon Franklin, 17, of the 3600 block of South Lake Park Avenue, has been charged with two felony counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault and one misdemeanor count of Obstructing Identification. He is(…)

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers eyeing storm-damaged lakefront path in Hyde Park

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers eyeing storm-damaged lakefront path in Hyde Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Halloween’s cold temperatures, high winds and hail were more than scary in Hyde Park. The harsh weather damaged the lakefront path from 47th to 52nd streets. Repairs are expected to be completed by the end of this week, said Jessica Maxey-Faulkner, spokesman for the Chicago Park District. Repairs around the(…)

Hyde Park School of Dance returning with “The Nutcracker” this December

Hyde Park School of Dance returning with “The Nutcracker” this December

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Hyde Park School of Dance (HPSD) is hosting its annual performance of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.” The event, which has been expanded to four performances, will include 175 dancers from four-year-olds to grandparents and more than 100 volunteers. HPSD’s performance of “The Nutcracker” is a 90-minute narrated production, staged(…)

Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates coming to DuSable Museum this Thursday

Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates coming to DuSable Museum this Thursday

In conjunction with its newest exhibition, “Spirits of the Passage: The Story of the Transatlantic Slave Trade,” the DuSable Museum of African American History and the Illinois Amistad Commission will present a discussion with Ta-Nehisi Coates, senior editor for The Atlantic and blogger for that publication’s website, where he writes about cultural, social and political(…)

First Unitarian Church to screen Kartemquin documentary on homeless youth

First Unitarian Church to screen Kartemquin documentary on homeless youth

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer First Unitarian Church will be screening a newly-released documentary on homeless youth by Chicago-based Kartemquin Films this Friday. The film, entitled “Homestretch,” will be shown at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7, at the church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave. Anita Holcomb, supervisor at Greater Grand Crossing homeless youth shelter Ujima(…)

Hyde Park Community Players to perform Tom Stoppard’s “Arcadia”

Hyde Park Community Players to perform Tom Stoppard’s “Arcadia”

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Community Players will perform Tom Stoppard’s 1993 play “Arcadia” throughout the month of November. The play’s opening night will take place 8 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 8, followed by a 3 p.m. matinee the next day. The play will be performed four more times, with 8 p.m.(…)

Alderman Hairston talks voter raffles, guns and parks in the 5th Ward

Alderman Hairston talks voter raffles, guns and parks in the 5th Ward

Hairston investigated for Facebook post At her final monthly meeting of 2014 last Tuesday, Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) addressed questions surrounding a Facebook post inviting voters to enter a raffle with their voter receipts that prompted the Cook County State’s Attorney’s election fraud unit to open an investigation. The post was meant to encourage voting(…)