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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(…)

Hyde Park painter staging comeback at local frame shop

Hyde Park painter staging comeback at local frame shop

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Last week, Hyde Park painter Xavier Zehir put on his first art show in years. Zehir’s show of 10 paintings, entitled “Angels,” opened Saturday, Nov. 1, at The Great Frame Up, 1418 E. 53rd St. It’s been six years since his last exhibition — also at the store — and(…)

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(…)

Kenwood Academy Broncos football team wins in season finale

Kenwood Academy Broncos football team wins in season finale

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer In their final game of the 2014 regular season, the Kenwood Broncos prevailed over conference rivals Chicago Bulls College Prep 12 to 6 on Friday night at Lane Tech Field. In the first quarter, the Broncos fell behind early after a five-yard touchdown run by running back No. 3 Durome(…)

DuSable CEO Carol Adams retiring at end of 2014

DuSable CEO Carol Adams retiring at end of 2014

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Carol Adams, president and CEO of the DuSable Museum of African American History announced that she will retire at the end of the year. Adams, whose retirement officially begins on Dec. 31, 2014, joined the museum on Nov. 9, 2009. During her retirement Adams plans to begin a private(…)

Hyde Park Neighborhood Club to celebrate its 105th year

Hyde Park Neighborhood Club to celebrate its 105th year

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club will host a gala to celebrate 105 years in the neighborhood. HPNC’s gala will give parents the opportunity to spend a night out, with child care provided, to enjoy music, food, drink and view photos from the club’s history. The gala will take place at(…)

St. Thomas the Apostle’s new science lab opens after first upgrade in decades

St. Thomas the Apostle’s new science lab opens after first upgrade in decades

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer St. Thomas the Apostle school held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of its new science lab. This is the first upgrade the science lab has had in more than 80 years. Through the school’s Race for Education fundraiser and a donation from an anonymous benefactor, St. Thomas,(…)

Indie director Will Adams and Hyde Parker Rich Nayer back with new film

Indie director Will Adams and Hyde Parker Rich Nayer back with new film

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Hyde Parker Rich Nayer has collaborated again with independent director Will Adams for a new film. Nayer is the co-executive producer for “Sex Ain’t Love,” Adams’ fifth film. Starring Aubrey Marquez and Tiffany Higginbotham, the film is a comedy focusing on the life of a poet, Zeke, who is juggling(…)

Hyde Park eatery Wok N Roll closes silently

Hyde Park eatery Wok N Roll closes silently

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Wok N Roll has closed and is moving, according to new signage at the Chinese restaurant at 1408 E. 53rd St. “Sorry we are closed, new location coming soon. – WR,” reads a sign currently posted on the restaurant’s door. When and where the restaurant will be moving was not(…)

Hyde Park Community Players start season with a scare

Hyde Park Community Players start season with a scare

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Community Players will be kicking off its next season with their fifth annual Halloween-season radio show, “An Evening of Horror and Suspense in the Old Time Radio Tradition.” This year’s show will feature five stories told with sound effects and interspersed with mock commercials offering comic relief,(…)

Kozminski Elementary library to gain $1000 in books with new grant

Kozminski Elementary library to gain $1000 in books with new grant

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference is giving Kozminski Elementary School a $1,000 grant to purchase new books for its library. Like many other public schools, the library at Kozminski, 936 E. 54th St., has had challenges securing the funding needed to maintain its library. Vicki Long, member of the(…)

University of Chicago offering disaster-prep seminars for local leaders

University of Chicago offering disaster-prep seminars for local leaders

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago is offering a seminar for leaders and elected officials to help them prepare for unforeseen disasters. “Leading Through Crisis” launched on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at the Harris School of Public Policy. Toni Preckwinkle, president of the Cook County Board, and Daniel Diermeier, dean of the Harris(…)

Hyde Park Historical Society and Hyde Park Art Center team up for panel discussion

Hyde Park Historical Society and Hyde Park Art Center team up for panel discussion

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Historical Society (HPHS) will lead a panel discussion on the history of the Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC) this weekend. The talk, entitled “Where It All Began: The History of the Hyde Park Art Center,” will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct.(…)