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Hyde Park Jazz Festival to return with more visiting musicians than ever

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Jazz Festival is returning to the neighborhood later this month. The eighth annual festival, slated to take place on Saturday, Sept. 27 and Sunday, Sept. 28, will feature performances at 12 venues by 35 acts — including a growing number of musicians from outside Chicago. “We have(…)

Amid a struggle to recruit new members, Hyde Park Kiwanis vote to dissolve

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Kiwanis voted last week to disband after almost a century in the neighborhood. Eight of the group’s 18 dues-paying members met last Tuesday at the Chicago Lake Shore Hotel, 4900 S. Lake Shore Drive, and voted to dissolve, according to group President Camille Hamilton-Doyle. She says the(…)

Cops warn of robberies on campus

Security Alert September 8, 2014 By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Both the University of Chicago Police Department and Chicago Police have issued warnings about armed robberies on campus. Chicago Police said the robbers would approach a victim on foot, display or imply that they had a handgun and demand the victim’s property. In two incidents(…)

Late Hyde Park labor activist Les Orear to be honored next week

The life and work of late Hyde Park resident and labor activist Leslie Orear will be remembered at a public event next week at Roosevelt University. “The Life and Times of Les Orear: A Presentation in Words, Song and Images of 103 Years of Working-Class Struggle and History,” will take place at 5 p.m. on(…)

Staged reading this Friday at Augustana

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Community Players will be hosting their twelfth-ever monthly staged reading this Friday, marking nearly a year since the series began last October. Laura MacGregor, producer of the Players’ First Fridays Staged Reading Series, and University of Chicago undergraduate student Kyllie Nolla will rehearse selections from Pulitzer Prize-winner(…)

Hyde Park Art Center asks what it means to be in the middle

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A new exhibit, “The Chicago Effect: Redefining the Middle,” opened recently at the Hyde Park Art Center, 5520 S. Cornell Ave., featuring around 20 works by 10 artists exploring the concept of the middle, as its name suggests. “This idea came about on the occasion of this year, which is(…)

U. of C. reveals trauma discussion underway

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Medical Center president Sharon O’Keefe told a state review board that it is in talks with other area medical providers about the South Side’s trauma care needs. At a Wednesday hearing of the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board, O’Keefe was asked to comment on(…)

Local leaders leave Chicago for Wyoming

Hyde Park pastor Larry Turpin and education activist Julie Woestehoff have moved to Wyoming Woestehoff had been executive director of Parents United for Responsible Education since 1995. The group, which played a key role in fighting for the School Reform Act of 1998, which established local school councils, has been a fierce critic of charter(…)