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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(…)

Ray wins First Lady Michelle Obama’s national physical activity award

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Ray Elementary School, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., won the 2016 Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award. Ray is one of 544 schools nationwide and one of 10 schools in the Chicago Public Schools District 299 to receive the award that began in 2013 by First Lady, Michelle Obama. In order(…)

Male student suing University of Chicago under Title IX

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern A male student of the University of Chicago (U. of C.), twice accused of sexual assault, is suing the university under the grounds that he wasn’t treated fairly because of gender inequity under Title IX. He is also suing one of the women who accused him of assault for defamation.(…)

Vacancies in Murray LSC

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Local School Council (LSC) at Murray Language Academy, 5355 S. Kenwood Ave., is looking to fill four current vacancies at a special LSC meeting on Sept. 27. The LSC is looking for one parent representative and two community representatives to serve on the council. A teacher at Murray will(…)

Robin Kelly hosts symposium on “Defining the Black Female Experience”

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer U.S. Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-2), co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls, hosted a symposium in Hyde Park called “Defining the Black Female Experience” in conjunction with the University of Chicago’s Center for Race, Politics and Culture, the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the Office(…)

Chicago Onscreen announces selected films

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern On Aug. 19, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Park District General Superintendent and CEO Michael Kelly announced the film selections for the Chicago Onscreen showcase. The 13 films chosen will be shown in nine parks around Chicago from Aug. 30 to Sept. 3, including Midway Plaisance Park. “Chicago Onscreen is(…)

Beyond a Mammogram hosts walk for breast cancer

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Beyond a Mammogram is hosting its annual walk/run to raise awareness for breast cancer research on Sept. 24. All proceeds made will go towards Dr. Olunfumilayo Olopade’s breast cancer research at the University of Chicago. Beyond a Mammogram’s mission is to increase awareness of the risks of breast cancer, and(…)

Array of Things installs environmental data collecting nodes

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Last week, the University of Chicago project, Array of Things, installed its first nodes to measure environmental data in a number of neighborhoods around Chicago. 50 will be installed through September, to a total of 500 throughout the city by the end of 2018. In partnership with the U. of(…)

HPKCC collects used books for annual book sale

The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference (HPKCC) has started collecting books for the upcoming Hyde Park Used Book Sale, which will take place Saturday, Oct. 9 through Monday, Oct. 11. This will be the 10th anniversary of the book sale. Book donations can be made at the bottom of the stairs at Treasure Island Foods, 1526(…)

Hyde Park Neighborhood Club hosts preschool fair

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Freelance Writer The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club is co-hosting the 2016 South Side Preschool & Elementary School Fair this month in partnership with the Neighborhood Parents Network of Chicago. The event will take place at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday Sept.(…)

Multiple burglaries cause community concern

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Monday, Aug. 15 is a date Carol Walls will never forget. It was the day she returned from work to find someone had entered her home, riffled through her belongings and left with not only her valuables but also her sense of safety. “They walked right in, past security, came(…)

Singer-songwriter playing series at Hyde Park Farmer’s Market

By Sarah Pan Herald Intern Ethan Sellers, a multi-faceted musician and Hyde Park music teacher, is playing acoustic guitar and vocal sets at the Hyde Park Farmer’s Market on the mornings of Sept. 8 and 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and Sept. 22, Oct. 13 and Oct. 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1(…)

Hyde Park seniors find niche in Encore Chorale

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park’s Encore Chorale is approaching its third session starting Sept. 14, and its success speaks—or sings—volumes in the positive experiences of the chorale singers. Cindy Pardo has been singing for years, taking voice lessons and is an active member in the choir at First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn(…)

Bookstores oppose Amazon Books coming to Chicago

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Independent bookstores across Chicago, including 57th Street Books and the Seminary Co-Op, are banding together against Amazon Books. After the newest location of the physical Amazon store was confirmed for the Lakeview neighborhood two weeks ago, seventeen bookstores released an official statement listing the pros to having locally owned stores(…)

MSI offers Illinois residents free museum entry

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Illinois residents can visit the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) for free, from Sept. 6 to 30. Current exhibits at MSI, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., include a 20-foot Tesla Coil that strikes lightning overhead, a human-sized hamster wheel, a mirror maze, a German submarine that was captured during(…)

Attempted armed robbery behind Treasure Island thwarted by Good Samaritan

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer A 54-year-old man was held up at gunpoint behind Treasure Island, 1526 E. 55th St., around 6 p.m. on Sept. 1, according to the Chicago Police Department. Neighbors on the scene said the man was an employee of the United State Post Office. According to police, the man was approached(…)