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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(…)

MSI showing kids science can be cool

MSI showing kids science can be cool

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) again partnered with the Chicago Public Library system this year to bring hands-on science experience to kids. Over the last half of July, teenagers interning at MSI lead science-related activities at various library locations across the city. Attending children follow high school interns(…)

Herb Kent to be honored at Hyde Park event

Herb Kent to be honored at Hyde Park event

By EMMA HERMAN Herald Intern Music abounds in Hyde Park this summer, with multiple free concerts happening throughout the neighborhood each week. Newly added to the roster of events is a free open-air music series at Harper Court, co-hosted by the University of Chicago and Eric Williams, owner of the recently-opened jewelry and apparel shop(…)

New curator picked at Logan Center

New curator picked at Logan Center

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Yesomi Umolu has been appointed as the new curator at the Logan Center for the Arts. Starting Aug. 3, Umolu will oversee exhibitions and work closely with the university and city to develop new art programs. “In Yesomi, we have found a curator who will advance the adventurous, collaborative and(…)

Tom Huyck, 77

Tom Huyck, 77

Long-time Hyde Park resident and lawyer, William Thomas “Tom” Huyck passed away peacefully in his sleep July 10 after a long illness. He was 77. Huyck was born in Des Moines, Iowa, and attended Dartmouth College before becoming a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School. He practiced law in Chicago for almost 50(…)

Don Willard, 73

Don Willard, 73

Hyde Park resident Don Willard passed away peacefully in his home on July 12, 2015, surrounded by family. The glioblastoma brain tumor that took his life was discovered on May 3. Willard was born in Cambridge, Mass., in 1942. He served with the US Air Force, graduated from Boston College in 1968 and came to(…)

Washington Park stand is growing

Washington Park stand is growing

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern The Washington Park Farm Stand, where neighborhood high school students grow all the plants and produce, has returned this summer. The Washington Park Farm Stand, which is sponsored by the Chicago Botanic Garden and Windy City Harvest Markets, is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday through Oct.(…)

Jackson Park restoration moving

Jackson Park restoration moving

By EMMA HERMAN Herald Intern The restoration of Jackson Park continues steadily, with the first phase of restoration complete and the second in progress. Managed by a partnership between the Chicago Park District and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the ecological restoration aims to revitalize the park’s various habitats and populations of native species.(…)

A 40-year-old apology to David Axelrod

A 40-year-old apology to David Axelrod

By Cheryl Kravitz Sometimes things take awhile. Saying “you were right” is one of them. I peaked pretty young. I started working as a journalist at the age of 18 on the South Side of Chicago, best known for Bad Boy Leroy Brown, Barack Obama, and, in many circles, David Axelrod. By the age of(…)