News In Brief

Temple is sold

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The former Vivekananda Vedanta Society temple at 5421 S. Hyde Park Blvd. sold recently to a buyer who intends to use it as a single-family home. The Vivekananda Vedanta Society, an order of monks and a branch of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, Belur Math, India, left Hyde Park in(…)

Stories from Seminary Co-op

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Seminary Co-Op Project co-directors Megan Doherty and Jasmine Kwong will present their project at the Hyde Park Historical Society, 5529 S. Lake Park Ave., at 2 p.m., March 16. Later the project will show an exhibit at the Special Collections Research Center at the Regenstein Library running from April 22(…)

People’s hearing on police abuse

The Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression is organizing its Second People’s Hearing on Police Crimes, slated to take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St. Planners say the hearing “will provide a public forum where the victims of police crimes and community(…)

Schutter exhibit opened

A new exhibit, “David Schutter: Rendition,” opened last week at the Logan Center, 915 E. 60th St. The show, featuring the work of painter and University of Chicago assistant professor David Schutter, examines “the contemporary life of historical painting,” according to the the UChicago Arts website. A March 1 tour as well as a March(…)

St. Thomas to hold Monte Carlo night

St. Thomas the Apostle School’s spring fundraiser event, “Monte Carlo Night Extraordinaire,” will take place on site, 5467 S. Woodlawn Ave., from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 20. The fundraiser will feature food, music, raffles, casino games and a silent auction. Advance tickets cost $50. For more information, call St. Thomas the(…)

Law school gets $10M

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Law School recently received a $10 million endowment in law and economics. The principal donors are Richard Sandor, chairman and CEO of Environmental Financial Products, LLC and his wife Ellen Sandor. They made the gift in honor of Nobel laureate Ronald Coase. The Institute for Law(…)

Murray kudos

By Daschell M. Phillips Staff Writer Murray Elementary School and Dyett High School received honors from the Illinois State Board of Education as part of the Illinois Honor Roll, which celebrates the accomplishments of exemplary Illinois public schools. Murray, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave., and Dyett, 555 E. 51st St., are two of 75 CPS schools(…)

Bengal culture on display at U. of C.

The University of Chicago’s South Asian Sound Interventions Series (SASI) is bringing together a group of musicians and academics for a series of events entitled “Performing the Bengal Borderlands: Music, Movement and Encounter” this week. The series will explore music from Bengal’s borderlands, the area around India’s border with Pakistan. Events will include a workshop(…)

Fundraiser for Akiba Schechter school

The Akiba Schechter Jewish Day School, 5235 S. Cornell Ave., will hold its annual benefit dinner and silent auction Sunday, March 3. The dinner will feature “The 3 Painters,” an art and performance group. This year, it will honor Dr. Avy Dachman and Yisrala Dachman. Dr. Avy has served on the school’s board of directors,(…)

Annual historical society dinner nears

The annual dinner of the Hyde Park Historical Society will take place Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Quadrangle Club, 1155 E. 57th St, at 5:30 p.m. The featured speaker will be Tim Samuelson, Chicago’s cultural historian, and Cornell, Despres and Block Awards will be presented. The cash bar opens at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner(…)

Holy pastry! Latke debate is coming

The Latke-Hamantash Debate, an annual tradition at the University of Chicago’s Hillel Foundation, will take place Tuesday, Feb. 12. The debate has been a fixture at Hillel and in Hyde Park since 1946. The humorous debate pits participants against one another in defending two Jewish foods: the latke, a fried potato dish, and hamentaschen, triangular(…)

Jazz concert Saturday at First Unitarian

There will be a jazz concert this Saturday, Feb. 9, at First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave. Performers include vocalist Juan Coleman, father and son duo Derrick and Micah Ivy and the Prairie State College Faculty Jazz Quartet featuring Valerie Nicholson and Phillip Crews. Tickets are $15 general, $10 for seniors and students. A(…)

Indoor farmers market at Augustana

Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave., is hosting an indoor farmers market later this month. On Saturday, Feb. 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Augustana will host local vendors providing seasonal, sustainably produced goods from local farmers and vendors, including meats, chesses, vinegars, honey, eggs, baked goods and specialty items. The market is(…)

Folk festival returns to University of Chicago

The 53rd Annual University of Chicago Folk Festival will take place February 8, 9 and 10. Organized by the University Folklore Society, the festival has in the past brought big names in folk music like Ralph and Carter Stanley and Bill Monroe to Hyde Park. This year’s festival, which includes daytime workshops and evening performances,(…)

Jazz buffs at WHPK celebrate music at I-House

WHPK 88.5’s Jazz Format Team is organizing its third annual Black History Month celebration, “Our Gift to the World,” scheduled to take place at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at International House’s assembly hall, 1414 E. 59th St., according to a recent station press release. The program, headlined by The Hanah John Taylor Artet, features(…)

4th Ward breakfast this Saturday

January’s Fourth Ward Democratic Organization Breakfast Meeting will take place this Saturday at Monumental Baptist Church, 729 E. Oakwood Blvd at 10 a.m. According to the organization’s executive director, Dianna Thompson, speakers include Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle, Ald. Will Burns (4th), and state Reps. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25), and Kristin Mitchell (D-26). Thompson also(…)

McMobil on TIF agenda

On Wednesday, Jan. 30 the 53rd Street TIF Advisory Council will meet at 7 p.m. at Kenwood High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. The committee will discuss the University of Chicago’s redevelopment of the vacant lot next to the Mobil gas station on 53rd Street, commonly called the McMobil site. It will also discuss the(…)

Proposal for Cottage Grove sites

A community meeting to discuss a plot of land on the 5200 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue will take place at 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 4, at the Friend Center, 800 E. 55th St., classroom B-319. The land, owned by the University of Chicago, includes a vacant parcel of land that formerly held the(…)

Authors come to HP

Two high-profile journalists and a renowned artist will speak in the neighborhood today and next Tuesday, Jan. 29. Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg will discuss his new book, “You Were Never in Chicago,” at Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., at 6 p.m. His appearance is the second of The Friends of Blackstone Library’s five-part(…)

An evening with Muhammad

“An Evening with the Prophet,” a celebration of the birth of the prophet Muhammad, will feature Muslim chant and poetry. The event will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave. Tahir Abdullah, who was recently appointed assistant director of spiritual life at Rockefeller, brought Muslim(…)