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Tips on sharpening garden tools Saturday

Gardeners can head to Jackson Park Saturday to learn about caring for the tools of their trade. In a sure sign of spring, the Jackson Park Advisory Council will host a workshop on caring for everything from pruners to shovels. The only thing excluded will be lawnmowers. Don Nekrosius, a master gardener from the University(…)

New Smart exhibit, gallery talk

A new exhibit featuring the artwork of Franco-Russian painter Serge Charchoune will open Tuesday, May 7 at the Smart Museum, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave. The exhibit, entitled “Other Modernisms: Serge Charchoune (1889-1975),” features around 20 pieces spanning the 1920s through the 1970s, according to the exhibit’s webpage. A gallery talk with curators David Schutter, a(…)

TIF committee to review McMobil plans

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The 53rd Street TIF Advisory Council subcommittee on planning and development will hold a public meeting on May 7 for the proposed development at the McMobil site. The development would entail a 13-story building, with 30,000 square feet of retail, 218 parking spaces, 120 bicycle storage spaces and 267 apartments.(…)

Civil rights icon Angela Davis coming to HP

Civil rights movement figure Angela Davis will present the Center for Race, Politics and Culture’s (CSRPC) Annual Public Lecture from 7:30-9 p.m. on Friday, May 3, at Rockefeller Chapel, 5850. S. Woodlawn Ave. The lecture by Davis, a distinguished professor emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz, is entitled, “Feminism and Abolition: Theories and(…)

Chamber First Thursday at the Claret Center

Chamber First Thursday at the Claret Center

The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce is holding this month’s First Thursday networking event at healing group the Claret Center, 5536 S. Everett Ave., at 5:30 p.m. The May 2 event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 773-288-0124.

Memorial service for Juergen Droegemueller

On Sunday, April 28, at 12:30 p.m., family and friends will gather at Bond Chapel, 1025 E. 58th St., to celebrate the life of Juergen Droegemueller. Droegemueller was a generous, caring member of Hyde Park who tended his garden and the neighborhood. He was one of the first volunteers at the Museum of Science and(…)

HIV testing at the university

Free and anonymous HIV testing will be offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, at the University of Chicago’s Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, 5710 S. Woodlawn Ave. The testing is provided by the Center on Halsted, a Lakeview LGBT community center, and will take place in room 302 of the(…)

Holder, Ashcroft on panel

Attorney General Eric Holder and his predecessor under President George W. Bush, John Ashcroft, will be in Hyde Park from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, to participate in a University of Chicago (U. of C.) Institute of Politics panel discussion, “Restoring Justice: The Legacy of Edward Levi.” The program, which is(…)

Players bring Oedipus to Hyde Park

The Hyde Park Community Players are bringing a play inspired by “Oedipus Rex” to the neighborhood. “Oedipus! The Musical,” written by John Poole, is a collaboration between the Players and the UChicago Classical Entertainment Society, and will be performed on the first three weekends in May at Ida Noyes, 1212 E. 59th St., the first(…)

Tibetan comes to Hyde Park to discuss peace

Tibetan Buddhist leader Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche will speak at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 26, at Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., as part of a weekend-long conference, “Imagining Peace.” At that evening’s event, entitled “Creating Enlightened Society,” Mipham will “reflect on how we may achieve a peaceful society” according to the conference’s website, imaginingpeace.org.(…)

TIF committee to see McMobil design May 7

The design committee of the 53rd Street Tax Increment Financing District Advisory Council will review the design of the much-discussed high-rise proposed for 53rd Street across from Nichols Park, at the “McMobil” site, 1330 E. 53rd St. and the adjacent vacant lot to the east. The committee will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May(…)

Oriental Institute taking kids on dig

The Oriental Institute (OI), 1155 E. 58th St., will once again bring Chicago high school students on one of its digs in Israel. The OI High School program will take students from Rowe-Clark High School, 3645 W. Chicago Ave., on a dig. Students learn about Israel and the Middle East, as well as archaeology. The(…)

Robie lauded in PBS buildings show

Robie lauded in PBS buildings show

The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Robie House, 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave., will be featured as one of the “10 Buildings that Changed America,” in PBS’ similarly titled program. The WTTW production airing at 9 p.m. on Sunday, May 12, includes the home, constructed between 1909 and 1910, alongside such buildings as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s(…)

Spring fling at Chaturanga

A series of free yoga, pilates and dance workshops will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, at Chaturanga Holistic Fitness, 1525 E. 55th St., suite no. 302. Dubbed Spring Fest, the event, which is open to the public, will feature raffle prizes and food, as well as a dance(…)

TIF questions to be answered at Room 43

Hyde Parkers interested in learning more about tax increment financing districts, or TIFs, have the opportunity to ask questions next month. The Concerned TIF 4th Ward Committee will host Tom Tresser, a guest speaker from The Civic lab, in an attempt to answer questions about TIFs. The meeting will take place from 6-8 p.m. on(…)

Woodlawn summit at SSA

The Fourth Annual Woodlawn Community summit, entitled “We Are One,” will take place from 8:15 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 27, at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration, 969 E. 60th St., with nationally-syndicated TV judge Greg Mathis as its keynote speaker. The free event, organized by The South East Chicago(…)

“Night of 100 Stars” gala at DuSable Museum

The DuSable Museum of African American History is hosting its annual “Night of 100 Stars” gala. On Saturday, April 13, from 6 p.m. to midnight, Dusable Museum, 740 E. 56th Pl., will celebrate its anniversary with a star-filled gala that honors African Americans that have made an impact on the community. Having grown in popularity(…)

Chicago Center gala

Chicago Center gala

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor The Hyde Park-based Chicago Center for Urban Life and Culture’s (CCULC) yearly spring fundraiser will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, April 20, at Ignite Glass Studios, 401 N. Armor St. The not-for-profit organization offering college students social work and teaching opportunities in urban communities(…)

Hyde Park Records celebrates

Hyde Park Records celebrates

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor Hyde Park Records and WHPK will mark national Record Store Day for their second year on Saturday, April 20, with DJ sets and artist appearances slated to take place from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the shop, 1377 E. 53rd St. Record Store Day was founded in(…)

Murray rummage sale

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Murray Language Academy Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) will be hosting its fourth annual rummage sale on Saturday, April 13, to raise money to assist with providing programs and other resources for the school. The rummage sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the gym(…)