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OPC to hold court during jazz concert

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Michael Strautmanis, vice president for community relations, made the second of what will likely be dozens of meetings to engage with the community about the latest developments in the Obama Presidential Center project Monday, Sept. 12, at the monthly Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC) meeting. “First of all I just(…)

“Hyde Park’s Longest Poem” to be displayed at Hyde Park Art Center

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A few weeks ago, the Indie City Writers filled up a 42-foot long piece of parchment full of poetic words about Hyde Park, and on Saturday, Sept. 17, “Hyde Park’s Longest Poem” will be on display for the community at the Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. K.B.(…)

U. S. News & World Report ranks U. of C. the third best school in the nation

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer This year Hyde Park’s own University of Chicago ranked third according to the U. S. News & World Report rankings released today, tying with Yale University. Princeton University took first place followed by Harvard University, which was second. Last year the U. of C. scored a three-way tie for fourth(…)

U. of C. alumnus leaves Cleveland clinic to head new transplant institute

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer After a national search, transplant surgeon, researcher, educator and alumni Dr. John Fung, PhD, FACS, has been selected as chief of the Section of Transplantation Surgery and director of the new University of Chicago Medical Transplantation Institute (UCMTI). Fung, a highly respected surgeon with more than 30 years of experience(…)

Concrete traffic procession headed to the University of Chicago

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Fluxus artist Wolf Vostell’s concrete-encased Cadillac, “Concrete Traffic” (1970), returns to the University of Chicago (U. of C.) during a public procession that traces the history of the colossal sculpture. The program begins at noon on the plaza outside of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, where “Concrete Traffic” will(…)

Comer Children’s Hospital partners with Mariano’s

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital is partnering with Mariano’s to launch a month-long give more fundraising campaign for lifesaving pediatric medical care and research. As part of the partnership, shoppers at Mariano’s can make add-on donations to their purchases in increments of $1, $5 or $10 to(…)

Hales alumni seek volunteers for school cleanup

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hales Franciscan Alumni Association is hosting a campus cleanup tomorrow, Sept. 10, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Hales Franciscan High School, 4930 S. Cottage Grove Ave. In the wake of the July announcement that Hales would suspend operations this school year, the Alumni Association has been trying(…)

Filmmaker Ben Rivers visits the Renaissance Society

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer International artist Ben Rivers visits the Renaissance Society to discuss his first solo presentation in the United States called “Urth.” The films in the exhibition share a common interest: the tension between a yearning for an idealized world and the impossibility of such a place. Explorations of community, landscape, freedom(…)

Austrian author visits 57th Street Books

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Award-winning Austrian author Peter Sichrovsky is coming to 57th Street Books on Sept. 26 to discuss his new book, Verklempt, with his wife and fellow author Colleen Delegan. Sichrovsky has written 18 books, helped found Austrian newspaper Der Standard and is a former politician. Verklempt, meaning “overcome with emotion” in(…)

Annual Arts and Crafts show returns

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern The 11th Annual Hyde Park Arts and Crafts Adventure is taking place Saturday and Sunday Sept. 24 and 25 in the outdoor courtyard of the Hyde Park Shopping Center, 1526 E. 55th St. The American Society of Artists, an organization that helps provide art shows throughout the Midwest, hosts the(…)

Sketch comedy revue at The Revival explores real life

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Hyde Park improvisational theater, The Revival, 1160 E. 55th St., is debuting an original sketch comedy revue tomorrow night that explores life through all of its ups and downs and twists and turns called “Life’s A Game.” The complex themes the show will cover include love and loss, family and(…)

New businesses open in U. of C.’s new residence hall

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern With the opening of the University of Chicago’s new dorm, Campus North Residential Commons, 5500 S. University Ave., comes numerous new businesses in its space. Businesses currently leasing space on the site include Timbuk2, a cyclist accessory store, Insomnia Cookies, a bakery that stays open until 3 a.m., and Dollop(…)