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New exhibit opening at Logan Center

By YASMINE LAASRAOUI Herald Intern The Logan Center Performance Hall, 915 E. 60th St. will be presenting “Word Becomes Flesh” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 6. “Word Becomes Flesh” is written and directed by Marc Bamuthi Joseph, a New York City native and current director of performing arts at the Yerba Buena Center for(…)

Piccolo Mondo revamps

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Piccolo Mondo will close for two weeks but will return with an Argentine bakery. After Monday, Aug. 5, Piccolo Mondo, 1642 E. 56th St., will close for renovations on its building. It will reopen on Sunday, Aug. 18. Restaurant owner Norberto Zas brought Diego Cureses in as the pastry chef.(…)

Local youth dreams of big leagues

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern Eleven young Hyde Parkers are headed to Puerto Rico for a baseball tournament. “The Lou Collier Baseball Stars,” a team comprising two nine-year-olds, an eight-year-old and eight 10-year-olds, is at the top of one of the American Amateur Baseball Congress’ American regions, and will face off against nine other champion(…)

OI links past and present

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Oriental Institute is prepping for its Aug. 20 opening of the “Our Work: Modern Jobs – Ancient Origins” exhibit. The show includes photos of Hyde Park residents and compares the work they do now to its origins. “We’re making connections between the ancient world and the modern world,”(…)

AfriCobra exhibit turns to recent contributors

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor The DuSable Museum of African American History will on July 26 open the final exhibit in a three-part show on the South Side artist collective AfriCobra, also known as the African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists. Located at 740 E. 56th Pl., “AfriCobra: Art and Impact,” which includes(…)

Resident links art and the outdoors

By Yasmine Laasraoui Herald Intern In recent years, Hyde Park’s Promontory Point has been host to evenings of artistic expression around a fire pit, called Art is Bonfire. Since 2011, Hyde Park resident Tiffanie Beatty has brought spoken word poets outdoors in this bi-annual social event. Beatty “wanted to create something a little more out(…)

Shoreland to have fastest internet in city

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer When residents begin moving into The Shoreland this September, they will have the fastest Internet service in any rental apartment in Chicago. MAC Property Management is nearly complete with the rehabilitation on the building, which operated as a luxury hotel for most of its life, and later as a dormitory.(…)

Films to show Black history

Southside Projections, a nonprofit organization, is presenting a series of film screenings throughout Chicago’s South Side. Four of the organization’s screenings will take place at the University of Chicago’s Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., in conjunction with the “AfriCOBRA: Philosophy” exhibition at the Logan Center: “Medium Cool” (Haskell Wexler, 1969, 101(…)

Lab begins keeping bees

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Laboratory School science department recently brought a honey beehive to campus. The school will use the beehive for observation and academic purposes. After kicking around the idea of bringing beehives to the The University of Chicago Laboratory School (Lab School), 1362 E. 59th St., Lab(…)

Smart features American art

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor The Smart Museum is hosting an exhibit of American art, “The Land Beneath Our Feet,” through Aug. 25. The show, located at 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., will feature around 80 works by 34 artists — including photographer Walker Evans and painter James Abbott McNeill Whistler — spanning the(…)

Kenwood students excelling

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Graduates of Kenwood Academy High School obtained $13 million in scholarships making it the second most successful high school in the city in gaining scholarships. With the assistance of Post Secondary Coach Lindsay Hunter, 46 percent of the students that graduated this year from Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave.,(…)

Locals watching meters

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Businesses along the 53rd Street business corridor aren’t too worried that free parking meters on Sunday will harm their businesses, but they aren’t ready to say it won’t either. Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently renegotiated the City of Chicago’s contract with Chicago Parking Meters LLC, the private company that owns the(…)

New leaders named for UCMC, U. of C.

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Both the University of Chicago Medical Center and the University of Chicago boards of trustees announced new members last week. Emily Nicklin was named chair of the Medical Center’s Board of Trustees. Nicklin works as a corporate litigator at Kirkland and Ellis LLP and has been a trustee at the(…)

Hyde Parker takes 100 in stride

Hyde Parker takes 100 in stride

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern Hyde Park Resident Carl Wilson will be 100-years-old on Sunday. Wilson, once an auto mechanic making a modest seven dollars an hour, bought his own factory in the 1970s, becoming one of the first Black men in Chicago to do so. Though Wilson could brand his story as a self-made-man(…)

K.A.M. teaches kids gardening skills

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Spaces are still available for the KAM Isaiah Israel Food Justice and Sustainability Leadership Development summer program for teens. The third annual program, at K.A.M., 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd., allows students to learn about gardening, while growing food that will benefit their neighborhood, learning practical skills and understand different(…)

Murals made for 57th Street underpasses

Murals made for 57th Street underpasses

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The pedestrian underpasses along 57th Street from the Museum of Science and Industry have been decorated courtesy of Hyde Park students and the Chicago Public Art Group. The group has been working on installing murals in the underpasses since 2006 and is nearing completion on both of them. The first(…)

Block club workshop soon

Block club workshop soon

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor The Hyde Park Kenwood Community Conference (HP-K CC) is seeking to bring together neighbors using a community organizing instrument with a rich history in the neighborhood. The group will be hosting a workshop on block clubs Saturday, June 22, from 10 a.m. to noon at Nichols Park’s field(…)

Chicagoan issues archived on website

Chicagoan issues archived on website

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A few years after The New Yorker launched, Chicago had its own answer to the high-brow city-centric magazine. The Chicagoan was published from 1926 to 1935 and took many editorial and design inspirations from its New York City counterpart. The magazine hoped to fight the stereotype of Chicago as a(…)

Logan center hosts youth program

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Visions Blu Institute is hosting a fundraiser Thursday at the University of Chicago Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts for its “Say Something” Youth Digital Media Summer Program. Each summer, Visions Blu, a Chicago-based digital media and news literacy organization, hosts a summer program to help(…)

Yoga business opens on 53rd

Yoga business opens on 53rd

Hyde Park yoga buffs have another option after CorePower opened last week. CorePower, 1539 E. 53rd St., opened above Akira on Tuesday May 28. The business offers two studios that can host multiple types of classes at the same time. Classes include hot yoga, which takes place in a climate controlled hot room, and yoga(…)