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Hyde Park School of Dance preparing for “The Nightengale”

Hyde Park School of Dance preparing for “The Nightengale”

By JENNET POSEY Herald Intern The Hyde Park School of Dance (HPSD) will present an original production of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Nightingale” at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 15 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 16 at the Logan Center, 915 E. 60th St. The ballet performance by HPSD, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave.,(…)

Hyde Park School of Dance names new executive director

Hyde Park School of Dance names new executive director

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Terra Schultz has been named executive director of the Hyde Park School of Dance. She replaced Mariam Thiam, who served as executive director from 2011 to 2013. Schultz is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, with degrees in theater and communications. Prior to returning to the Hyde(…)

Science fiction author Nnedi Okorafor visiting Blackstone Library tonight

Science fiction author Nnedi Okorafor visiting Blackstone Library tonight

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Science fiction author Nnedi Okorafor will present the next Despres Memorial Family Lecture at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Blackstone Ave. Okarafor will read from her latest novel “Who Fears Death,” and short story collection, “Kabu Kabu,” at the event, which is being hosted by Friends of(…)

Congresswoman Robin Kelly to accept high school artwork for display at U.S. Capitol

Congresswoman Robin Kelly to accept high school artwork for display at U.S. Capitol

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly (D-2) will be participating in this year’s annual Congressional Art Competition. Her two district offices will be accepting original artwork from district high schoolers between April 14 and 19. On April 26, Kelly will announce a winner whose piece will be exhibited at the U.S. Capitol.(…)

University of Chicago alumni demand sexual assault policy reform in open letter

University of Chicago alumni demand sexual assault policy reform in open letter

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer University of Chicago alumni have submitted an open letter to their alma mater demanding sexual assault policy reform that they called for in the 1990s. In a letter to U. of C. President Robert Zimmer dated Feb. 13, a group called Alumni for a Student Assault Policy said “We are(…)

Chicago Innovation Exchange awarded $275K

Chicago Innovation Exchange awarded $275K

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Chicago Innovation Exchange, a business incubator housed inside Harper Court, awarded $275,000 to its inaugural class of students. The CIE is the University of Chicago’s space for business and technological development. It currently occupies space on the 11th floor of Harper Court, but when fully operational will also occupy(…)

Deadline to run for CPS local school council approaching

Deadline to run for CPS local school council approaching

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The deadline to apply to run in the Chicago Public Schools local school council (LSC) election is 3 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 26. Parent and community members who are interested in running for the LSC must complete an original Candidate Nomination Form, a Criminal Conviction Disclosure Form, and a Telephone(…)

Petition to repair Darrow bridge in circulation

Petition to repair Darrow bridge in circulation

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Jackson Park Advisory Council will be collecting signatures soon to repair the Clarence Darrow Bridge. The bridge, located at the north entrance to Wooded Island, is the closest entrance to the Japanese Garden from the parking lot. Since late last year, the Darrow Bridge, named for Hyde Parker and(…)

Ancona to roll out new Montessori program offerings

Ancona to roll out new Montessori program offerings

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Ancona School will be rolling out new Montessori program offerings for its pre-primary students in the fall. The programs will offer a longer day and include dual language instruction, according to Ancona Head Bonnie Wishne. Starting September 2014, parents of 3 to 6 year olds will have the(…)

Storied law professor George Anastaplo dies

Storied law professor George Anastaplo dies

George Anastaplo, 88, a Hyde Parker who became widely known for arguing his own case in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, died Friday, Feb. 14. Anastaplo was born Nov. 7, 1925 in St. Louis, Mo., to Greek immigrants Theodore Anastaplo and Margarita Syriopulou. After serving in World War II as a navigator for the(…)

DuSable feted at DuSable

DuSable feted at DuSable

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The DuSable Museum of African American History in partnership with the Illinois Amistad Commission will host “Suite DuSable: A Vision of Faith,” by renowned composer Renee’ Baker. The symphony will be performed in celebration of the museum’s namesake, Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable, the first settler in Chicago. “Suite DuSable:(…)

Democratic strategist Donna Brazile comes to Hyde Park

Democratic strategist Donna Brazile comes to Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Democratic strategist Donna Brazile presented the University of Chicago Organization of Black Students’ annual George E. Kent Lecture last Thursday at Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St. In an meandering lecture on her career and the contemporary Black political experience, Brazile rained praise on President Obama while addressing the minimum(…)

Strive brings fundraising home

Strive brings fundraising home

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park-based non-profit Strive Tutoring is hosting its annual fundraiser in the neighborhood this year. Strive, 5001 S. Ellis Ave., is an educational services center for students that provides free educational support, customized tutoring and enrichment activities to youth from Chicago’s South Side. The program offers academic services such(…)

Coming together to support the young

Coming together to support the young

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The African American Alumni Committee of the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration will host a discussion about young, African American males on Feb. 15. The symposium, “Black Young Men in America: Rising Above Social and Racial Prejudice, Trauma and Educational Disparities,” will discuss how to effectively(…)

Open Produce Kenwood art is a surprise hit

Open Produce Kenwood art is a surprise hit

By JENNET POSEY Herald Intern Open Produce, 1635 E. 55th St., is showcasing a group exhibit featuring art by students of Kenwood Academy High School. The drawings and paintings, which are all based on a botanical theme, were inspired by a December field trip to the Garfield Park Conservatory. “They spent the whole day walking(…)

La Rabida opens new wing to provide outpatient care

La Rabida opens new wing to provide outpatient care

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The La Rabida Children’s Hospital in Jackson Park hosted the grand opening of its new outpatient center Monday. Past and present patients, community members and elected officials attended the ceremony and shared their memories and gratitude for the hospital. La Rabida, which was built during the World’s Columbian Exposition(…)

Cafe meant to support Seminary Co-op finally poised to open

Cafe meant to support Seminary Co-op finally poised to open

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The long-awaited Plein Air Cafe will open next door to the Seminary Co-op Bookstore on March 1, according to co-owner Soo Choi. Construction on the 40-seat cafe at 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave. is complete and the necessary permits have been obtained. Finishing touches are finally being made to the eatery,(…)

Kenwood bests DuSable

Kenwood bests DuSable

By Joseph Phillips Sports Writer The Kenwood Broncos Wrestling team defeated the DuSable Panthers 27-24 in a round robbin match held at Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., on Saturday afternoon. The Broncos were excited to kick off their first match of the season and were looking to make a statement against the Panthers. “Our goal is to finish first in(…)

Local pols target minimum wage

Local pols target minimum wage

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer With primary elections less than six weeks away, Hyde Park representatives at the state and city level are pushing for a higher minimum wage. Since last fall, state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) has been sponsoring a bill that would raise the Illinois minimum wage, and just last week Alds.(…)

Local blogger is rising

Local blogger is rising

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Blogger Mikki Kendall is no stranger to controversy. The Hyde Park native has made many Internet friends and enemies, tackling such sensitive topics as abortion, race and gender inequality with unapologetic candor. She has also achieved as of late a certain kind of fame on the web, which has spread(…)