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Kenwood student sings the blues

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A Kenwood Academy High School student, Mae Ya Carter Ryan, will perform at this year’s Winter Blues and Jazz Festival this Sunday, Nov. 27, at the famous blues bar, Buddy Guy’s Legends. Ryan is a sophomore at Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., and is in the school’s concert choir. Her(…)

Hyde Park organizations cohost community potluck

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer While Thanksgiving is a time to indulge in seasonal dishes, it can also be a time to try new things. Chicago Hyde Park Village and Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave., are hosting a Hyde Park Community Potluck, Thursday afternoon, Nov 24, from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., which(…)

Shrine of Christ accepting donations for clothing and toy drive

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Shrine of Christ the King is hosting a toy and clothing drive from now until Dec. 17. Items accepted include new or gently used children’s toys and clothing for all ages. Donations can be dropped off at the Institute of Shrine of Christ the King, 6401 S. Woodlawn Ave.;(…)

Public libraries closed on Thanksgiving Day

All Chicago Public Library locations, including the Blackstone Branch Library, 4904 S Lake Park Ave., will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 24, in observance of Thanksgiving Day. The Harold Washington Library Center, the Woodson Regional Library and Sulzer Regional Library will also be closed.

The Nutcracker returns as Hyde Park holiday tradition

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Holiday traditions can be baking homemade cookies with the family, caroling from door to door or having a holiday movie marathon with hot cocoa. For Hyde Park, the holiday tradition that has remained throughout the years is the Hyde Park School of Dance’s (HPSD) annual performance of “The Nutcracker.” The(…)

U. of C. student groups stage protest for DACA protection

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer Students from the University of Chicago (U. of C.) staged a protest on Tuesday, Nov. 15 against President-elect Donald Trump and the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). Included in the protest were students from campus organizations: UChicago Student Action (UCSA), the Organization of Black Students (OBS), Phoenix Survivors Alliance, and el(…)

St. Thomas raises funds for technology in the school

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Throughout this month, St. Thomas the Apostle School, 5467 S. Woodlawn Ave., has been raising money to incorporate technology into students’ curriculum through the “Reach for the STArs” fundraising campaign. Tim Gallo, principal at St. Thomas, said that 75 students in grades 6th through 8th received Google Chromebooks from successful(…)

Students files discrimination suit against U. of C.

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer A doctoral student at the University of Chicago (U. of. C.) filed a $1 million dollar lawsuit, Monday Nov. 7, against the university’s board of trustees. Sameena Azhar, an Indian-American woman, in the lawsuit alleges that she was fired from a position at the university when she voiced complaints about(…)

The legacy of Cuesta Benberry premieres at DuSable

The DuSable Museum of African American History’s, 740 East 56th Pl., new exhibit “The Legacy of Cuesta Benberry, an African American Quilt Scholar”opened Tuesday, Nov. 15. “The Legacy of Cuesta Benberry, an African American Quilt Scholar” is a traveling exhibition that showcases the textile collections of Cuesta Benberry, a pioneer in research on American and(…)

The Shrine gives back for the holidays with caroling and donation drive

The Shrine of Christ the King, 6401 S. Woodlawn Ave., is celebrating the joy of the holidays with a caroling event and a donation drive. Carols and Candles at the Shrine will take place Saturday, Dec. 17, from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The event will include hot chocolate and carol singing to the lighted(…)

Iconic ships return to MSI

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer After five months of renovation, the historic collection of model ships at the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI), 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., is open again to the public. The new and improved Ships Galley exhibit demonstrates the highlights of ship design and evolution through model ships. In January(…)

Murray in giving spirit for the holidays

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer For the fifth year in a row, Sam Love, a 7th grade student at Murray Language Academy, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave., is hosting a toy drive for children affected by natural disasters and poverty. Since 2012, Love has collected a total of over 13,000 toys for both kids who live(…)

Resident offers free Thanksgiving meals

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer For six years, Hyde Park resident Sharon Carney has provided a Thanksgiving meal to the homeless. This year, she has received some help from Montgomery Place, 5550 S. Lake Shore Dr., with a $400 donation to pay for the meal. “I feed the homeless because they are not invisible—-I see(…)

Metra fare to increase

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer Hyde Park residents that take the Metra to commute to work, school, or for leisure activities will see an increase in the fare next year. On Friday, Nov 11, the Metra Board approved a $1.06 billion dollar budget that provides $781.2 million and $279.5 million for capital improvements in 2017.(…)

Shop small in Hyde Park this Saturday

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Skip the long lines and crowded stores on Black Friday and instead, do holiday shopping at locally owned businesses on Saturday, Nov. 26, for Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday happens every year the day after Black Friday to promote shopping small for the holidays to support the businesses that(…)

70th Annual Latke-Hamantash debate at Mandel Hall tonight

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer Laktke or Hamantash? The 70-year-old debate will once take place at Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St., Tuesday night, Nov. 22 at 7:30 p.m. The debate tradition has been in practice since 1946 and will include University of Chicago (U. of C.) faculty members from various departments who will hash(…)

U. of C.’s Legal Forum’s new paper investigates black teens’ interactions with police

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer A new paper published by University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) Legal Forum explores police interactions with black teenagers in Chicago. The paper is in collaboration with the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic, of U. of C. and the Invisible Institute’s Youth/Police Project. The article reports on what the authors; Professor(…)

Thanksgiving traditions in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service will take place on Thursday, Nov. 24, at 11 a.m. at the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave. The Hyde Park Interfaith Council has been sponsoring a community Thanksgiving celebration of all faiths for over 90 years. The service will feature readings and chants(…)

U. of C. student robbed

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer A University of Chicago student was robbed Friday night, Nov 18. At 6:20 p.m. the student was walking on the sidewalk off campus on 54th Place at South Ellis Avenue when the student was approached by three unknown suspects. One of the three had a weapon and demanded the victim’s(…)

20th Annual Hyde Park Tellabration takes place this weekend

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer This Sunday, Nov. 20, the 20th Annual Tellabration will take place in Hyde Park. This neighborhood storytelling tradition is a part of national day of storytelling where Tellabration events take place across the country and around the world. Over 40 storytellers will visit Hyde Park to share personal narratives, classic(…)