News In Brief

Art gala returning next month

The Hyde Park Art Center will hold its annual fundraising Gala Sept. 28. The event will run from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. According to an invitation from the Art Center, the gala typically raises $200,000, which helps fund its community art programs. The gala will feature screen(…)

This old house returns to HP

The Hyde Park Historical Society will hold the second-to-last lectures of its “This Old (Hyde Park) House” series Sept. 22. Carol Yetken, who is a landscape architect, will discuss landscaping a historic house. Yetken has worked on projects for the Robie House, 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave., and other landmarks. Another lecturer will assist her. The(…)

African fest opening this weekend

The 24th annual African Festival of the Arts will run from Friday, Aug. 30 to Monday, Sept. 2. Located at 5100 S. Cottage Grove Ave., the festival features performances and art centered around the cultures of Africa. Headlining the festival, which draws visitors from across the nation, is Grammy-winner Brandy, or Brandy Norwood, who performs(…)

Sculptures on point end tenure

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The sculptures that were on display at Promontory Point for the last year were removed last week after their installation period had ended. The sculptures were placed there last year by Chicago Sculpture International and were granted a permit to be displayed for one year. A spokesperson from the park(…)

Rally protesting police

The Rainbow PUSH Coalition will join the National Conference of Black Lawyers (Chicago Chapter) and about 200 community leaders in a mass march at City Hall to demand police accountability. The organizations plan to rally at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at Federal Plaza on Dearborn and Adams streets and March to City Hall(…)

Tour of Columbian Exposition sites Sat.

A tour of sites from the 1893 Columbian Exposition will take place this Saturday, Aug. 24. The tour will begin at the Darrow Bridge, south of the Museum of Science and Industry, 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive. Sites include the Midway Plaisance, which was a canal running through the fair during the six-month-long event.(…)

DuSable march on Washington event

The DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., will mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington next Wednesday, August 28 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on the museum grounds. The march, which occurred that day in 1963, was one of the largest political rallies for human rights in United(…)

Historical Society teaches writing

The Hyde Park Historical Society’s Oral History Committee will present a writing workshop Sunday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The workshop, led by a University of Chicago student, will teach participants skills for writing memoir and personal essays. Short lectures and break-out sessions have been planned for the day, hosted by Congregation Rodfei Zedek,(…)

University to discuss new building at meeting

The University of Chicago will host a community meeting to discuss the North Campus Residence Hall and Dining Commons, the dorm replacing Pierce Hall. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, at the Chicago Booth School of Business, room C25, 5807 S. Woodlawn Ave. The new residence hall will be three(…)

MAPSCorps to present work

MAPSCorps, an eight-week science and community service summer internship program, will be hosting its final presentation on Thursday August 15, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Ida Noyes Hall Cloister Club, 1212 East 59th St. The University of Chicago undergraduates involved in the program will be presenting their experiences working with the community’s high school(…)

Hyde Park Bank holding school drive

Hyde Park Bank is holding a school-supply drive until August 24th. Donors can bring colored pencils, spiral notebooks, dictionaries and other supplies to Hyde Park Bank locations, and will be entered into a raffle with a $50 Target gift card prize.

DuSable Museum celebrates Black marriage

Aug. 17 from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., will be celebrating Black marriages with “Jumpin’ The Broom!” The event will showcase Chicago steppin’ demonstrations, instruction and interactive dancing. Movies in the Parks will present the 2011 film, “Jumping The Broom!” at 8:30 p.m. For(…)

University to hold civic engagement meeting

The University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement will host regular conversations with its neighbors through as series of public forums. The first neighborhood conversation, for Hyde Park residents, will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Nichols Park Fieldhouse, 1355 E. 53rd St. The university said, in a press release, that it wants(…)

Wright volunteers needed

The Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust is calling for interpreter volunteers to lead tours at the Frederick C. Robie House, 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave. Interpreter training will take place Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays between Sept. 17 and Oct. 1 at the Robie House. Those interested in volunteering are asked to participate in a 60-minute orientation(…)

World’s fair subject of Regenstein exhibit

The University of Chicago Library Special Collections Research Center began displaying souvenirs from both the 1983 Chicago World’s Fair and the 1933 Century of Progress International Exposition last week. The items will be on display through Oct. 5 in the exhibition gallery, 1100 E. 57th St. The collection, and its web-based companion exhibit, is based(…)

It’s a walk in the park for Max

A 15-month-old Hyde Parker will visit a park for the first time after a life time in the hospital. After spending the whole of his life in hospitals, Max Allender, 16 months, is finally home and reunited with his twin sister Coral and family. Born at 26 weeks, these young Hyde Parkers are home and(…)

New boutique coming to Hyde Park

Lincoln Park boutique Comfort Me is establishing a temporary location in Hyde Park, joining Harper Theater, 5238 S. Harper Ave., and Kilwins Chocolate, 5226 S. Harper Ave., in inaugurating the space near the new Harper Court development. The retailer’s lease runs through January, and Vice President Alyssa Thomas says Comfort Me is looking to move(…)

Village Drop-In adds event

On Aug. 7, seniors attending the Chicago Hyde Park Village Drop-In Program will have the opportunity to participate in a free sample event hosted by the oral history company Vintage. The event will be held between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave. Participating seniors will have the choice(…)

New deli slated for HP Blvd

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor A new business, Hyde Park Deli and Grocery, will open later this summer at the northwest corner of 51st Street and Dorchester Avenue. The 2,500-square foot store will offer cold cut sandwiches to go, will open around Aug. 20, according to owner Mohamed Ahmed, who said the store(…)

Players help you brush up on Shakespeare

The Hyde Park Community Players are reprising their annual acting workshop on Shakespeare early next month. “Getting Shakespeare Off the Shelf!” will take place 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 10, at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave. Ages 15 and up and all levels of experience are welcome. For more information, e-mail(…)