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Music news at Kenwood Academy

Music news at Kenwood Academy

String Orchestra Kenwood Academy High School’s revived string orchestra will perform at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Concert, Jan. 22, at the South Shore Cultural Center. After several years of silence, the string orchestra at Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., has been reestablished under the direction of Ernestine Fleming-Jones. Since its re-launch, the orchestra(…)

Kenwood’s Jerry a talent to watch

Kenwood’s Jerry a talent to watch

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer After competing against musicians from high schools across the city, Giancarlo Jerry, a junior at Kenwood Academy High School, was selected to be a member of the Illinois Music Educators Association (IMEA) Senior Jazz Band and the IMEA Senior Concert Band later this month. He is the first instrumentalist at(…)

HPAC celebrates 75 this year

HPAC celebrates 75 this year

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC) will kick off its 75th anniversary year programming this week. Founded in Hyde Park in 1939, HPAC had several homes — including the Del Prado Building, 5307 S. Hyde Park Blvd. — before settling into its current address at 5520 S. Cornell Ave in(…)

Jewish during Jim Crow

Jewish during Jim Crow

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer In the 1930s, some Jewish professors from Germany and Austria who fled to America to avoid Nazism found teaching positions at historically Black colleges and universities in the South during the time of Jim Crow “separate but equal” segregation laws. The DuSable Museum of African American History is presenting(…)

University of Chicago bulks up aid to low-income students

University of Chicago bulks up aid to low-income students

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama met with about 100 college leaders from across the country last Thursday, including University of Chicago (U. of C.) President Robert Zimmer, to discuss a plan to help more high school graduates from low-income households get into college. Zimmer said the(…)

Famous glass homeless

Famous glass homeless

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The stained glass windows that adorned the Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS) are still searching for a home. The University of Chicago removed many of the stained glass windows during the construction to turn the building into the Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics. The windows were donated to Advocate(…)

NY deli in HP

NY deli in HP

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Chicago Heights restaurant Bergstein’s NY Deli opened its Hyde Park location Monday. The deli’s restaurant at 1164 E. 55th St. will “work the kinks out,” according to owner Bill Davis, before a grand opening later this winter. Manager Josh Widen said the deli will be open from 10 a.m. to(…)

Hays bridge closer to reality

Hays bridge closer to reality

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Chicago Park District Board will vote today on the proposal to rename a bridge in Jackson Park after Nancy Hays. Hays was a Hyde Park Herald photographer and worked as an environmentalist in the neighborhood until her death in 2007. She photographed Hyde Park before and after Urban Renewal(…)