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RIOTcon held at CTS

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The annual RIOTcon returns to the Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS) this year with a special focus on social movements. This year’s event is titled “Mapping a Movement” and takes place Friday, April 15 and Saturday, 16 at the CTS, 1407 E. 60th St. Dr. Christophe Ringer, the assistant professor of(…)

Volunteers needed for HP’s 4th on 53rd parade

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Despite the unseasonably cold weather, it’s time to start thinking about the 25th annual 4th on 53rd Parade. Since its inception in 1992, the parade has been pulled off, rain or shine, with a limited amount of volunteers, and 25 years later, getting volunteers to make the magic happen is(…)

50th anniversary of HPNC Pancake Breakfast

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer It’s that time of the year again when the community follows the aroma of maple syrup to the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC) for the annual Pancake Breakfast. On Sunday, May 1., the HPNC, 5489 S. Kenwood Ave., will celebrate its 50th pancake breakfast. What started in 1963 has become(…)

Kalven, Futterman talk police reform at KAMII

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer University of Chicago law professor Craig Futterman and Hyde Park journalist Jamie Kalven spoke on the topics of institutional racism and police abuse recently at the KAM Isaiah Israel (KAMII) Congregation, 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd., for the temple’s annual Weinstein Scholar-in-Residence Weekend. The two-day event, April 8 – 9,(…)

Shots fired at 52nd and Lake Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A man opened fire on a vehicle driving near the intersection of 52nd Street and Lake Park Avenue Monday, April 11, at approximately 2 p.m., according to Chicago police. Police said the incident began when an unknown, Black, male offender walked toward the 21-year-old male driver of a 2007 Buick(…)

Sophia King named as 4th Ward Alderman

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Monday night that Kenwood resident Sophia King was selected as interim Alderman of the 4th Ward. “For almost 30 years, Sophia King has not just lived in the 4th Ward, she has worked to improve the quality of life for everyone who lives there,” Emanuel said(…)

Dyett town hall meeting set for later this week

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Thursday, April 14, there will be a town hall meeting regarding Dyett High School, 555 E. 51st St. The meeting will take place from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Mount Pisgah Church, 4622 S. King Dr. Chicago Public Schools will reopen the to students at the start of(…)

A. O. Scott visits KAMII

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer New York Times film critic A. O. Scott will make an appearance at KAM Isaiah Israel, 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd., Saturday, April 16, to discuss film, television and the state of the arts. Mark Bazer, a contributing writing for Chicago magazine, will interview Scott, who, in addition to serving(…)

New report from U. of C. focuses on youth/police interactions

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A new report published by the University of Chicago (U. of C.) Law School seeks to call attention to the perspectives and experiences of the young Black people most affected by urban police practices. The paper, entitled “They Have All the Power: Youth/Police Encounters on Chicago’s South Side,” was the(…)

St. Thomas highlights its stars in annual Starry Night benefit

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The St. Thomas the Apostle School, 5467 S. Woodlawn Ave., is gearing up for its annual fundraiser night on Saturday, April 23. St. Thomas will host its “Starry Night” signature benefit beginning at 6 p.m. “Starry Night” is the main fundraising event for the school, and last year, the event(…)

Quilt Show at United Church of Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The 26th Annual Quilt Show is scheduled for Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16 at the United Church of Hyde Park, 1448 E. 53rd St. Last year was the first time the event was held for two days, and the two-day spread continues this year from noon to 6(…)

Hairston proposes alternative to IPRA

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) is forwarding a proposition to abolish the city’s Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA) and replace it with what she calls “a truly independent police oversight agency.” Hairston said she would introduce the ordinance at an April 13 City Council meeting. The new agency would be called(…)

CHPV to celebrate neighbors leaving community

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The next Chicago Hyde Park Village (CHPV) Drop-In will pay special tribute to four notable residents that are leaving the neighborhood. On Wednesday, April 13 from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave., CHPV will honor Michael McGuire of the recently closed Supreme Jewelers,(…)

Obama visit prompts street closures

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Due to President Barack Obama’s return to the University of Chicago Law School, Thursday, April 7, there will be several street closures. In a statement released Wednesday, April 6, University of Chicago Associate Vice President for Safety, Security and Civic Affairs Marlon Lynch said that the community should be prepared(…)

Obama to discuss Supreme Court nominee at U. of C.

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer President Barack Obama will make an appearance in Hyde Park this week to discuss his Supreme Court justice nomination with University of Chicago (U. of C.) law students. Obama recently selected federal appellate judge Merrick Garland as his choice to fill the vacant Supreme Court seat left by Antonin Scalia,(…)

Chicago Center celebrates leaders

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Chicago Center for Urban Life and Culture will be celebrating its past and its future at an event at Valois Restaurant on Friday, April 15. The event will highlight the transition of the new Executive Director of the Chicago Center, Emily Nelson Newman, who took over from the previous(…)