News In Brief

Quilt show returns to Hyde Park

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Assistant to the Editor The 23rd Annual Quilt Show and Sale will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The United Church of Hyde Park, 1448 E. 53rd St. The exhibition features more than 200 quilts, according to organizer and longtime congregation member Tracy Lampkins, who will have several of(…)

Versailles fire

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor The Chicago Fire Department (CFD) responded to smoke coming from a mechanical room at the Versailles Apartments, 5254 S. Dorchester Ave., on the morning of Thursday, March 27. “It was just an overheated motor, there was no injuries, they had one line let off to cool off the(…)

Mezzos in the afternoon

A concert, “Mezzos in the Afternoon,” will take place at First Unitarian Church of Chicago, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 14. Mezzo sopranos Amanda Thomas, the church’s acting music director, and Andrea Caruso, who sings at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in the Lakeview neighborhood, will perform music by Aaron Copland(…)

Hyde Parker needs help getting girls to prom

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer In the next few months, teen girls across the city will begin to search for the prefect dress for prom. The Glass Slipper Project (GSP) is opening its boutique again this year for families that are unable to afford many of the pricey gowns and accessories in the stores.(…)

OI offering free talks on Egypt

OI offering free talks on Egypt

A series of free talks sponsored by the Chicago Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt will take place at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, at the Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St. The lectures will include: “Epigraphy and Conservation of Tell Edfu Block Yard — A Report on the 2012 Season,” by(…)

U. of C. tuition — and aid — rising

By Andrew Holzman Herald Intern Though students at the University of Chicago will see an increase in tuition next year, they may also get more help paying. Tuition at the University will increase four percent for undergraduates in the 2013-2014 year, but most students will also benefit from an 5.1 percent overall increase in the(…)

Hyde Parkers! Host a student

A global student exchange program called the Student Travel Schools Foundation, or STSF, is seeking host families. Any Hyde Park family or individual can volunteer to host one of more than 400 students for the 2013-2014 school year. For more information, call 1-800-522-4678.

Players latest show coming in April

The Hyde Park Community Players’ spring production of playwright Neil Simon’s “The Good Doctor” be performed from Friday, April 12 through Sunday, April 14 at the Experimental Station, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave. Directed by Bill Hohnke, the comedy’s four performances include two evening shows at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday as well as two(…)

Easter egg hunt on 55th Street

The Hyde Park Vineyard Church will celebrate Easter this year with an Easter Egg hunt. The church, which offers services at The Lutheran School of Theology, 1100 E. 55th St., will hold the event — “Easter Eggstravaganza” — at the Lutheran School’s cafeteria and courtyard. Past Easter egg hunts by the church have drawn as(…)

Website seeks to inform on school closings

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Parent group Illinois Raise Your Hand has joined Apples to Apples and the Open Data Institute to launch schoolcuts.org, a website with information about school closings and other information geared toward parents whose children attend Chicago Public Schools (CPS). The site lists the 129 schools that fit within CPS’s(…)

“Afro Beats” at the Logan Center

The Fulcrum Point New Music Project ensemble is presenting a performance from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 23, at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St. The program, entitled “Afro Beats Family Concert,” features music by Paquito d’Rivera and Thelonious Monk performed by musicians Morikeba Kouyate, Idy(…)

Seminary Co-op talk

The Hyde Park Historical Society is hosting a presentation on the stories and people that made the former home of the Seminary Co-op such a distinctive place. University of Chicago alumni Jasmine Kwong and Megan E. Doherty will give a first look at “The Seminary Co-op Documentary Project: Capturing the Bookstore’s Distinctive Character and History”(…)

McMobil meeting Mon.

Hyde Park residents will meet next week to discuss the size and scale of the proposed 13-story residential and retail building proposed for the McMobil Site on 53rd Street. The Citizens for Appropriate Retail and Residential Development will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, March 18, at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave., to discuss(…)

MAC wants Regents Park rezoned

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer MAC Properties’ request for a zoning change to bring Regents Park in line with is previous uses was approved by the zoning board last month, Peter Cassel said. The zoning change would allow MAC to open the gym to the public and add amenities. After Antheus Capital, the financial arm(…)

Local schools updates

Murray The 7th and 8th grade boys basketball team at Murray Elementary School, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave., advanced to the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) City Finals by beating Beasley Elementary School, 5255 S. State St., 45 to 41, in four overtimes in the Burnham Park Network Championship game. The finals will take place at 4:45(…)

Foster parent group fundraiser

Envision Unlimited’s foster parent advisory council will be sponsoring a bake sale from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, March 15, at 5333 S. Greenwood Ave. The Chicago-based non-profit assists and provides for special needs children. Proceeds from the sale will go to Envision Unlimited’s Foster Care Program and children they serve, according to(…)

Climate change petition delivered

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Students at the University of Chicago aren’t remaining silent in their demand that the university stop investing its money in companies that deal in coal and fossil fuels. “The petition is something we’ve been working on getting signed all quarter,” said Marissa Lieberman-Klein, a fourth year anthropology student. The student(…)

Hyde Park G and S to screen pirate movie

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern Hyde Park’s Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company will present a special film screening Sunday, March 10 in advance of their production of “Pirates of Penzance.” The film, “Topsy-Turvy,” will be screened in Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St., in cooperation with the University of Chicago’s DOC Films. “[The film(…)

Bach’s “Passion According to St. John”

Chicago Chorale presents J.S. Bach’s “Passion According to St. John” later this month at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave. The event, to take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 24, features “the Baroque master at his most urgent, most streamlined, most theatrical mode,” according to Chicago Chorale. Advance tickets, which range in price(…)

Murray PTO hosting sale

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Murray Language Academy Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) will be hosting its 4th annual rummage sale on April 13 to raise money to assist with providing programs and other resources for the school. The school is currently seeking storage bins to for the sale. The Murray PTO is in(…)