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Logan Center hosts Katherine Dunham birthday celebration

Logan Center hosts Katherine Dunham birthday celebration

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern Dance students, instructors, anthropologists and disciples of the late Katherine Dunham gathered at the Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., on Wednesday , June 24, to celebrate her 107th birthday. A University of Chicago alum (class of 1936), Dunham studied anthropology as an undergraduate. She traveled to(…)

Brown sisters perform variety show to help revitalize Blue Gargoyle

Brown sisters perform variety show to help revitalize Blue Gargoyle

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Sisters, Maggie and Africa Brown, will perform at the “Interactions” variety show at University Church on July 8. The Brown sisters created the variety show to help raise funds for the revitalization of Blue Gargoyle. They performed previously on June 24, and will perform again July 8, July 29 and(…)

Chicago Park District promises more transparency in future construction projects at Bixler

Chicago Park District promises more transparency in future construction projects at Bixler

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer At a community meeting Monday night, a Chicago Park District official apologized to Hyde Park residents for last week’s surprise closure of Bixler Playlot, 5641 S. Kenwood Ave. On Friday, June 24, without any warning, a construction crew fenced off Bixler Playlot and removed the playground equipment. From signage later(…)

Parents meet to discuss construction at Bixler Playlot

Parents meet to discuss construction at Bixler Playlot

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern A group of upset neighborhood parents met Saturday, June 25 in Bixler Playlot Park, 5641 S. Kenwood Ave., to discuss what they believed to be unwarranted construction of the Bixler Playlot. Playground equipment was removed and the playlot was closed on Friday, without any warning. “I think we’re all incredibly(…)

Gates leads discussion on ethical redevelopment in Chicago

Gates leads discussion on ethical redevelopment in Chicago

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Urban redevelopment in cities can sometimes be a difficult topic to discuss, which is why Place Lab took the question of “What does ethical redevelopment in Chicago look like to you?” to artists, activists, scholars and community members at a public convening event, yesterday, at the Logan Center, 915 E.(…)

Man arrested in Woodlawn shooting that left 3-year-old paralyzed

Man arrested in Woodlawn shooting that left 3-year-old paralyzed

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A 23-year-old Bronzeville resident has been arrested and charged with first degree attempted murder for his role in a shooting, on Sunday, June 19, in the 6100 block of South Kimbark Avenue, that left a 3-year-old boy paralyzed. In a June 23 statement, police named the offender as Desean Wynn(…)

Whole Foods opens on 51st and Lake Park

Whole Foods opens on 51st and Lake Park

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern The Whole Foods Market in Hyde Park held its opening ceremony at 8:45 a.m. on Wednesday, June 22 and opened for business at 9 a.m. The first customer arrived at 4:45 a.m. By 9 a.m. there were over 1,300 customers lined up at the main entrance on Lake Park Avenue(…)

Car crash at Lake Park and 55th Street

Car crash at Lake Park and 55th Street

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A two-vehicle collision in East Hyde Park this morning shut down a stretch of South Lake Park Avenue for about 45 minutes. At approximately 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 22, a vehicle traveling northbound on Lake Park Avenue collided with a vehicle turning east onto 55th Street from a southbound lane(…)

70 days in, Ald. King gives updates at second town hall

70 days in, Ald. King gives updates at second town hall

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Ald. Sophia King (4th) has now been in office for 70 days and spoke a little bit about what she has been doing in that time during last night’s second 4th Ward town hall meeting at Hales Franciscan High School, 4930 S. Cottage Grove Ave. King said that there is(…)

Bret Harte to keep pre-K special education class

Bret Harte to keep pre-K special education class

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) reversed its decision, today, in regard to pre-K special education class Bret Harte Elementary, 936 E. 56th St. The special education class will no longer be cut from the curriculum next school year. Heather La Riviere, a parent of a student in the class, said that(…)

Murray LSC calls for principal’s resignation

Murray LSC calls for principal’s resignation

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer   The Local School Council (LSC) at Murray Elementary School, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave., requested the resignation of the school’s principal at its monthly meeting, Wednesday, June 15. At the meeting, LSC chairwoman, Lesle Honoré Smith, read a resolution that the LSC plans to submit calling for principal Gregory Mason to resign.(…)

Murray keeps assistant principal

Murray keeps assistant principal

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Murray Language Academy, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave., has found a way to retain its assistant principal. “Because of the community members that rallied to keep me at the school, Murray worked something out for me to stay,” said Murray Assistant Principal Rhonda Butler. On May 25, the Murray Local School(…)

Kenwood School of Ballet celebrates fourth year with a recital

Kenwood School of Ballet celebrates fourth year with a recital

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Kristi Mosbey has been teaching her students at the Kenwood School of Ballet the perfect pirouettes and tendus for four years now, and she is finally seeing the results of her hard work bloom in her students’ technique. “I’m that teacher that’s on the floor on my hands and knees(…)

Kurt Elling returns ‘home’ for performance in Hyde Park

Kurt Elling returns ‘home’ for performance in Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Grammy Award-winning jazz singer Kurt Elling gave an electrifying performance at the Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., Sunday, June 12. The performance was part of the annual N’DIGO Foundation Gala, an event that raises funds to cover the college tuitions of deserving Chicago youths. Elling, who(…)

Ancona marketing director takes new position in California

Ancona marketing director takes new position in California

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer After six years at The Ancona School, 4770 S. Dorchester Ave., Fiona Farrahi will have her last day at the school on July 17 in order to pursue further career opportunities. Farrahi came to Ancona as the admissions director in 2010 and is leaving as the admissions marketing communications director.(…)

Second City show features Hyde Park comedians

Second City show features Hyde Park comedians

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Editor Hyde Park residents Lisa Beasley and Aasia Lashay Bullock are part of the six-person comedy group in The Second City e.t.c.’s 40th Revue, “A Red Line Runs Through It.” In “A Red Line Runs Through It,” which is now playing at The Second City e.t.c. Theatre, 230 W. North Ave. (2nd(…)

CCCS and HPAC partner for a service day of art

CCCS and HPAC partner for a service day of art

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer About 50 kids at the Chicago Child Care Society (CCCS) had a morning of arts and crafts, Friday, June 10, thanks to a collaboration with the Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC) and Deloitte Chicago. Eighteen volunteers from the consulting firm, Deloitte, guided kids through different art projects with the help(…)

Shop owner remembers Ali

Shop owner remembers Ali

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Leroy Cain, former owner of the renowned Hyde Park Hair Salon, remembers the excitement and chaos that neighborhood resident Muhammad Ali would cause when he’d go get a haircut. “He started coming in my shop around ’72, ’73,” Cain reflected from a padded chair inside Cain’s Barber College, 365 E.(…)

U. of C. student body president allowed to graduate

U. of C. student body president allowed to graduate

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer University of Chicago (U. of C.) administrators have put Student Body President Tyler Kissinger on “disciplinary probation” as a result of his involvement in a May 19 protest in which he and 34 other students briefly occupied the university’s administrative building. Despite this, Kissinger, a fourth-year undergraduate student, will be(…)

U. of C. student body president faces disciplinary action

U. of C. student body president faces disciplinary action

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer University of Chicago (U. of C.) student body president Tyler Kissinger is facing disciplinary action following his participation in a May 19 sit-in inside the university’s administrative building. The May 19 sit-in was coupled with a student protest, titled “Rally to Democratize the University,” which was prompted, according to event(…)