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Ray, Bret Harte in school news

Ray, Bret Harte in school news

Teacher Survey for Ray Elementary School, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave. Ray school is seeking community input on its arts teaching position. Due to Chicago Public Schools budget cuts, the school can only hire one teacher and must decide whether that teacher should be a visual arts or music teacher. To take Ray’s two-question survey, visit(…)

Touring St. Thomas in Sept.

Touring St. Thomas in Sept.

St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 5472 S. Kimbark Ave., will be the topic of a Chicago Architecture Foundation historic tour on Saturday, Sept. 21. Architecture historian Vince Michael will discuss architect Barry Byrne, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, who built this first modern Catholic church in Chicago in 1924. The tour meets at the(…)

Seniors to get a day at the circus

“Senior’s Day at the Circus,” hosted by the Chicago Park District, will take place at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 18, in Washington Park at 51st Street and Payne Avenue. The event will feature UniverSoul circus, which presents an interactive combination of circus art, theater and music. Ticket sales began Tuesday, Sept. 3. Tickets are $8(…)

Open Produce holds opening

Local grocer Open Produce’s ongoing experiment in blending the delicious with the creative continues this weekend with its third monthly art opening. The work of painter Zac Franzoni with be hung at the store, 1635 E. 55th St., for an opening on Saturday, Sept. 7. The artist will be on hand to answer questions about(…)

Beekeeping forum in Hyde Park

The Jackson Park Fieldhouse will host a beekeeping forum from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 7. Michael Thompson, farm manager for the Chicago Honey Co-op will speak about urban beekeeping and the future of bees. The fieldhouse is located at 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.

No. 2 at UCPD moves on

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Tom Phillips, who had been deputy chief with the University of Chicago Police Department, recently left to become police chief at Northern Illinois University. Phillips was named NIU’s police chief on Wednesday, Aug. 28. His initial salary will be $160,000 and extends through June 30, 2014. NIU’s police force is(…)

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(…)

Hyde Park Players announce new auditions

The Hyde Park Community Players will hold auditions for a production of “Les Liaisons Dangereuses,” a play by Christopher Hampton based on the French novel by the same title. The play is a story of intrigue and scandal between French lovers. The auditions will take place Sunday, Sept. 15, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.(…)

Book fair organizers accepting donations

The Hyde Park Used Book Sale began accepting donations for this year’s event. Donations of used books can be dropped off at Treasure Island’s basement in a watermelon box left at the foot of the stairs or taken directly to the sorting room if somebody is working. Donors who need help transporting the books can(…)

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(…)

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,(…)