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Fair Trader closes its doors

Fair Trader closes its doors

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Fair Trader closed up shop last weekend. “We’re closing because we don’t have enough business to stay open. That’ll do the trick,” co-owner Cindy Pardo said. “Between the economy and the high cost of rent and I’m not sure what else we just are not able to keep the(…)

“Popcorn Lady” leaves Metra venue

“Popcorn Lady” leaves Metra venue

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Hyde Park popcorn vendor Gloria Henderson’s lease on a retail space under the Metra Electric line officially expired Tuesday, April 30. The closing of Glorious Confectionary Le Noir, located at 1551 E. 51st St., followed a strained relationship between Henderson and her landlord, Metra, from whom she began(…)

Art fair bouncing back this year

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The annual 57th Street Art fair will take place the first weekend in June. The number of artists participating in the event is expected to increase this year, according to a committee member. Irene Patner, who has been a member of the 57th Street Art Fair Committee for about(…)

Hyde Park Garden Fair this weekend

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor The 54th annual Hyde Park Garden Fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Hyde Park Shopping Center’s courtyard, located at 1526 E. 55th St. The sale features between 40,000 and 50,000 hand-picked(…)

Chaturanga yoga from Egypt

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor A workshop on ancient Egyptian-inspired yoga, entitled “Yoga of the Pharoahs: Candlelight Kemetic Yoga Class,” will be held on the evening of Friday, May 10, from 7:45 to 10 p.m. at Chaturanga Holistic Fitness, 1525 E. 55th St., Suite 302. The free, one-time class on a practice called(…)

Orly’s owner taking it easy

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Big Easy, Hyde Park’s Cajun restaurant, closed its doors so that the owner Dave Shopiro can focus on his catering business. “I am doing mostly catering right now, that’s the trajectory the business has been going in anyway,” Shopiro said. Shopiro said his health problems and the struggles of(…)

Ancona celebrates 50 years in style

Ancona celebrates 50 years in style

By Daschell M. Phillips Staff Writer The Ancona School held its 50th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, May 4, downtown at the Chicago Marriott, 520 N. Michigan Ave. Friends and family of Ancona gathered in their finery to celebrate a school that began from humble beginnings to become one of the most sought-after private schools in(…)

Local youths head to China

Local youths head to China

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park residents and King College Prep High School students Ghana Horton, Nicolette Robinson and Raymond Turner are three of 20 students who will travel to China this summer with the Chicago Urban League’s Mission to China program. The Chicago Urban League has launched a series of fundraising campaigns(…)

“Sahmat” at the Smart

“Sahmat” at the Smart

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor The aesthetic and the political dovetail seamlessly at the Smart Museum’s temporary exhibit, “Sahmat: Art and Activisim in India since 1989.” The show, on display since Feb. 14 and through June 9 at the Smart, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., houses the artwork and recorded performances of those affiliated(…)

News: U. of C. tough to get into

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer It’s getting harder and harder to get into the University of Chicago. This year the school admitted a record low number of applicants to its undergraduate school. The university sent offers to 2,676 of the 30,369 applicants to the college, setting an 8.8 percent acceptance rate for the 2013-2014 school(…)

Local star returns for film screening

Local star returns for film screening

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park native Dusan Brown and his family recently returned to Chicago for a special screening of the movie “42.” Brown makes his big screen debut in the movie, which is about baseball legend Jackie Robinson’s life as the first African American to play for a major league baseball(…)

K.A.M. gala features “42”

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer K.A.M. Isaiah Israel’s annual fundraiser will feature a preview of a future Hyde Park restaurant and a visit to 53rd Street newcomer Harper Theater. K.A.M.’s new rabbi, Frederick Reeves, will attend. Reeves previously served as associate rabbi at The Temple in Atlanta. Matthias Merges will serve food similar to what(…)

AG Raoul? Not so fast

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern State Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-13), is interested in the Illinois’ Attorney General seat, but he’s focusing on the job he has now. The Chicago Sun-Times reported Monday that Raoul had hopes of taking the seat if its current occupant, Lisa Madigan, decides to run for governor. “There are people who(…)

Hyde Park mom takes on CPS

Hyde Park mom takes on CPS

By Daschell M. Phillips Staff Writer A Hyde Park parent and blogger who goes by the name of Southside CPS Mom has launched a blog called Chicago Public Fools. She said she chose the title, which is a parody of Chicago Public Schools (CPS), to grab the attention of both parents and CPS administrators. Southside(…)

McCormick head looks to build on seminary’s past

McCormick head looks to build on seminary’s past

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer In his inaugural address last February, McCormick Theological Seminary (MTS) president Frank Yamada identified three themes of focus for the school: a new level of diversity, innovation and technology and connecting with the next generation of spiritual leaders. Yamada joined the faculty of MTS in 2008 as the director(…)

Ray principal removed

On the eve of a major influx of students at Ray Elementary School, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., both the principal and vice principal have been abruptly removed, according to a document sent to the Herald. “This letter is to inform you that [Ray Principal] Ms. Tatia Beckwith and [Vice Principal] Mr. Jeffrey Alstadt have been(…)

Arrestees weigh in on scrutiny to UCPD

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A protest in January ended with a reignited the call for a trauma care center on the South Side of Chicago. It also created calls from University of Chicago staff, faculty and students to review the university’s police department’s policies and practices after four were arrested and many treated roughly.(…)

HP house classes

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor The Hyde Park Historical Society is holding a series of talks on home preservation titled, “This Old (Hyde Park) House,” scheduled to take place at 2 p.m. every third Sunday for the next four months at The Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave. According to Jack(…)

Andy Austin, drawing from experience

Andy Austin, drawing from experience

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor A Hyde Park resident since 1994, Andy Austin is well-known among some in the neighborhood for her involvement with the University of Chicago “Revels,” a yearly comedic play incorporating the area’s historical events and figures. More remarkable, however, is the story of Austin’s 44-year career as a freelance(…)

Kenwood student competing in science fair

Kenwood student competing in science fair

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Chicago Public Schools Science Fair took place Friday at the Museum of Science and Industry, 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive. Students from two local high schools presented their projects at the citywide competition. This year’s science fair, a three-day event titled “Meeting Global Needs through Science, Technology,(…)