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Indian film exploring Obama’s influence to make U.S. debut at Doc Films

Indian film exploring Obama’s influence to make U.S. debut at Doc Films

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The U.S. premiere of “Om Obama” will take place at 3 p.m. on Oct. 25 at Doc Films at the University of Chicago in Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St. The screening will be followed by Q and A session with director Janaki Vishwanathan. “Om Obama” is a(…)

Non-profit HotHouse arts festival coming to Hyde Park this weekend

Non-profit HotHouse arts festival coming to Hyde Park this weekend

The HotHouse will launch its “Old and New Dreams Festival” at the Promontory this weekend. HotHouse, a nonprofit arts organization, will culminate its yearlong celebration series with the “Old and New Dreams Festival,” a three-day arts festival that will take place at the Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave., on Oct. 17 through Oct. 19(…)

U. of C. Lab High School newspaper continues award streak

U. of C. Lab High School newspaper continues award streak

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Laboratory High School’s student paper, the U-High Midway, recently received the All American rating from the National Scholastic Press Association. This is the 49th consecutive year the student paper has received the honor. National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) is a nonprofit membership organization exclusively for(…)

Museum of Science and Industry maze reveals world of patterns

Museum of Science and Industry maze reveals world of patterns

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Parkers might not always see them, but nature’s fingerprints are all over the neighborhood. Not just in parks or the lakefront, either. Robie House’s lines and windows follow the same geometric ratio as the spiral of a nautilus. So do soda cans, Ventra cards and the human wing span.(…)

Battery smoke draws firefighters to Harper Avenue

Battery smoke draws firefighters to Harper Avenue

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Four fire trucks responded to heavy smoke at a Harper Avenue apartment building last Monday afternoon. Firefighters responded to a 4:49 p.m. alarm at 5120 S. Harper Ave., where smoke from overheated computer batteries spread through the building, according to Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford. Smoke began spewing onto(…)

U. of C.’s Chicago Innovation Exchange opening Oct. 16

U. of C.’s Chicago Innovation Exchange opening Oct. 16

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Chicago Innovation Exchange, the U. of C.’s new startup business incubator, will officially open next Thursday, Oct. 16, on the second floor of the Harper Building, 1452 E. 53rd St. On the heels of a soft opening earlier in the week, a ribbon cutting will take place there on(…)

Hyde Park Produce joins meat elite

Hyde Park Produce joins meat elite

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Hyde Park Produce has joined an elite class of meat merchants. Brooklyn-based meat and cheese supplier Boar’s Head has named the grocer’s delicatessen a “Deli of Distinction,” making it the second in Chicago and one of 18 across the country. The store at 1226 E. 53rd St. marked the occasion(…)

US Army Corps of Engineers awards contract for Jackson Park restoration

US Army Corps of Engineers awards contract for Jackson Park restoration

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has awarded a contract for its 139-acre, five-year restoration of native habitats in Jackson Park. The USACE has chosen West Dundee, Ill.-based Applied Ecological Services (AES) to restore Jackson Park according to its plans. So far, it has awarded AES a $4.3 million(…)

Hyde Parker Bryan Samuels to receive lifetime achievement award

Hyde Parker Bryan Samuels to receive lifetime achievement award

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park resident Bryan Samuels will be the recipient of the Bright Promises Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Samuels will be one of three award honorees at the foundation’s annual awards event in November. Formerly known as the Illinois Humane Society, the Bright Promises Foundation works with organizations to develop(…)

Smart Museum marks 40th anniversary with sculpture-focused exhibit

Smart Museum marks 40th anniversary with sculpture-focused exhibit

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Smart Museum is marking its 40th anniversary with an exhibit of sculpture spanning all of its galleries. “Carved, Cast, Crumpled: Sculpture All Ways” is the first of the museum’s two 40th anniversary exhibits this year, featuring permanent collection sculptures and sculptor drawings from around the world, ranging from ancient(…)

Hyde Park Ph.D. student named Amtrak writer-in-residence

Hyde Park Ph.D. student named Amtrak writer-in-residence

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Sixth-year U. of C. graduate student and Hyde Parker Korey Gerard Garibaldi will take part in Amtrak’s first-ever writer’s residency. Garibaldi is one of 24 writers-in-residence – and 16,000 applicants – selected go on a free, round-trip writing retreat in a sleeper cabin. The train travel enthusiast, whose past journeys(…)

Online sex assault list sparks debate at U. of C.

Online sex assault list sparks debate at U. of C.

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer After an anonymous posting online listing men who have allegedly committed acts of sexual violence against students on campus, the University of Chicago responded by releasing a statement regarding free speech. In a letter university President Robert Zimmer and provost Eric Isaacs released on Thursday, the school affirmed that the(…)

Mirrors and mazes at the Museum of Science and Industry

Mirrors and mazes at the Museum of Science and Industry

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Get lost in the mathematical patterns found in nature at a new permanent exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry. Next week, MSI, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., will unveil a new permanent exhibit, “Numbers in Nature: A Mirror Maze.” The exhibit will explain the mathematical patterns in nature(…)

Oktoberfest returning to Hyde Park

Oktoberfest returning to Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The University of Chicago and South East Chicago Commission will host an Oktoberfest celebration from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 4, in Nichols Park. For the first time since it began in 2011, the event will take place on the south end of Nichols Park, near 55th(…)

Unitarians present Voodou music program

Unitarians present Voodou music program

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Chicago-based Crossing Borders Music Collective will perform Haitian folk and classical songs at 3 p.m. this Sunday, Oct. 5, at First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave. The program, entitled “The Real Voodou,” has already been performed six times across the Chicago area. The Hyde Park show will feature(…)

A personal trainer hits her stride with a growing gym

A personal trainer hits her stride with a growing gym

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer When Annie Padrid opened her own gym she left her full time job, spent her savings and was working out of her home. Only two and a half years later The Space has nearly 400 clients and 20 employees. It will almost double its physical space in October. The Space,(…)