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The celebration of storytelling

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Storytelling is so much more than “once upon a times” and “happily ever afters.” The art of modern storytelling is captivating an audience with the spoken word and going through that journey in the story with the orator. The 19th Annual Tellabration will celebrate these storytellers on Nov. 22 at(…)

U.of C. student among top Illinois scholars

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Tomorrow at 11 a.m., the Lincoln Academy of Illinois will honor the state’s top university and college students during the annual Student Laureate Convocation at the Old State Capital in Springfield. At the event, Student Laureate Cynthia J. Avila, of the University of Chicago, will speak on behalf of all(…)

District wide issue needs local action

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The local school councils usually focus their monthly meetings on their individual schools’ needs and issues. Last Wednesday night, at Bret Harte Elementary, 1556 E. 56th St., the topic turned to a pressing problem that is facing not only Bret Harte, but also every public school in Chicago. Bret Harte(…)

Marsha’s Music turns 15

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Marsha’s Music, a school that incorporates musical learning into early childhood education, will host a 15th anniversary celebration, Nov. 15, at its new home in the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave. Marsha Melsheimer, the school’s founder, was a preschool teacher at KAM Isaiah Israel, 1100 E. Hyde(…)

Big Shoulders Fund shows its impact at St. Thomas

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Since 1986, the Big Shoulders Fund has been helping over 85 catholic schools in Chicago and surrounding areas by providing materials, scholarships and resources. One of the schools that benefits from the help of the Big Shoulders Fund is St. Thomas the Apostle School, 5467 S. Woodlawn Ave. Today, the(…)

Publishing talks at SHoP

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer November is National Novel Writing Month, where aspiring writers pour out their words to create the story that has always been in their heads. But what happens after the story is written? Finding a publisher can be a chore for some writers, but self-publishers are making the task at hand(…)

Terisa Griffin CD release concert tonight at DuSable

By GEORGIA GEIS Special Contributor Chicago fans can celebrate with Chicago’s own Rhythm and Blues diva, Terisa Griffin, at a Pink Carpet release concert for her CD “Revival of the Soul” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4 at DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl.; $30 (VIP $60 includes cocktail reception at(…)

Does community policing work?

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) has long been touted by law enforcement and elected officials as an effective means of addressing the discord between police officers and minority communities. However, The Black Youth Project 100 (BYP 100), a social justice organization located in Hyde Park (5733 S. University Ave.),(…)