News In Brief

Gang at AI

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Parkers interested in getting an idea of what City Hyde Park will look like once its completed should head to the Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave. Through Feb. 24, “Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects” will be on display at the Art Institute’s Modern Wing. The exhibit(…)

Steinberg lecture at Blackstone

As part of the Friends of Blackstone Library’s 2012-13 Despres Family Memorial Lecture Series, Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg will speak at Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., next Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. There he will discuss his latest book, “You Were Never in Chicago,” which was published last October and has(…)

Open house for St. Thomas Elementary soon

St. Thomas the Apostle School will hold an open house on Tuesday, Jan. 29 in conjunction with Catholic Schools Week. From 8:30 am – 1:00 pm and 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., visitors will have the opportunity to tour the school, 5467 S. Woodlawn Ave., meet teachers and talk with the principal. For more information,(…)

Man accused of spitting on Secret Service

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Kevin Lawrence, 46, is being held on $50,000 bail after he allegedly spit on a Secret Service agent guarding President Barack Obama’s home. Lawrence, who lives on the 5200 block of South Harper Avenue, approached a vehicle with a Secret Service agent inside and spit on the man inside on(…)

Locals in “Messiah”

The eighth annual Roosevelt University Jazz-Gospel performance of Handel’s “Messiah” will include two Hyde Parkers in its chorus. The concert, billed as “Too Hot to Handel,” will take place at the Auditorium Theater of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Jan. 19 and 20. A tradition since 2006, the performance is offered as a tribute(…)

Spotlight on food justice at K.A.M.

The fourth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Food Justice Weekend, “Schmita: Food Security and Sustainable Design in the Sabbatical Year and Beyond,” at K.A.M. Isaiah Israel is this weekend. The weekend will feature education and advocacy programs, Friday night service and Sunday workshops on food, farming and sustainable design. On Saturday afternoon, the community will(…)

Learn everyday ethics from Rabbi Brackman

Rabbi Yossi Brackman of the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) will be offering a six-session ethics course starting later this month at the Rohr Chabad Center for Jewish Life and Learning, 5700 S. Woodlawn Ave. The class, “Living with Integrity: Navigating Everyday Ethical Dilemmas,” will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 28, and according(…)

Family fun at the Logan Center

The David and Reva Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., begins a series of family-friendly matinees and workshops this Saturday. This week’s offerings are: “Twinkle Stars” with Hyde Park Suzuki (ages 2-6), Lego animation (all ages) and Drawing Workshop (ages 12-14) at 2 p.m.; Improv with Theater and Performance Studies (ages 8-10)(…)

Christmas trees turned to mulch

Hyde Parkers can visit Jackson Park to dispose of their Christmas trees once again this year. Residents can visit Jackson Park, 6300 S. Cornell Ave., where their trees will be shredded and be turned into mulch which will be available for free pickup and use starting Jan. 11. Ornaments, lights, and garland should all be(…)

Jackson Park’s McCurry honored

Parks advocate and Jackson Park Advisory Council President Louise McCurry will be recognized for her work at the Friends of the Parks (FOTP) annual luncheon in February. The award is for her commitment for improved park programming and community engagement in Jackson Park, according to a representative of FOTP. The FOTP 38th Annual Meeting and(…)

HPAC artist featured

Minouk Lim, resident artist at the Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., will be in the spotlight during two events in January at the center. On Sunday, Jan. 13, Lim will be available to discuss her work, including a performative piece she will create in the art center studios in January and February(…)

“Nutcracker” back in HP

The Hyde Park School of Dance (HPSD) will perform “The Nutcracker” at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16 at Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St. This year’s production of Tchaikovsky’s perennial holiday-season favorite is the School’s 14th since its first at Mandel Hall in(…)

Historical society throws party

The Hyde Park Historical Society’s annual holiday party is this Saturday, Dec. 15, and the community is invited to attend and share stories about life in Hyde Park. The event takes place at the historical society’s headquarters at 5529 S. Lake Park Ave., a restored cable car waiting station that dates from the late 1800s,(…)

“Chinatown” at Experimental Station

A book launch and reception will take place this Saturday, Dec. 15, at Experimental Station, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave. “Chinatown,” a graphic novel and the inaugural book publishing of Sun Bros, will be available, as well as a gallery preview of future Sun Bros artwork and projects. The authors and artists behind “Chinatown” will be(…)

U. of C. announces artists in residence

The University of Chicago Arts and Public Life initiative last Wednesday revealed the five artists who will participate in its 2012-13 artists-in-residence program, according to a Dec. 5 prepared statement. Artists-in-residence will include cellist Tomeka Reid, former Wilco guitarist LeRoy Bach, spoken-word performer and writer Avery R. Young, photographer Cecil McDonald Jr. and filmmaker Cauleen(…)

Another yoga spot opens in Hyde Park

Yoga fans in Hyde Park will soon have another option to practice downward facing dog. The former Borders building will be home to CorePower Yoga after it opens in mid-2013. The addition of the yoga provider fills out the 25,000 square foot building at 1539 E. 53rd St. CorePower will occupy 4347 square feet of(…)

Men’s A Capella concert for Ray

For the second year in a row, Chicago Mens A Capella is giving a benefit concert for Ray Elementary School, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave. The event, which will take place at Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave. will include skits and baked goods will be available afterwards. Tickets are $10 each, $5 with(…)

Artisans 21 holds annual open house this weekend

Artisans 21, the local artists cooperative with a retail space at 5503 1/2 S. Hyde Park Blvd., is holding its annual holiday open house on Dec. 1 and 2. The store will be open from noon to 4 p.m. Call Anne Arnas for more information at 630-337-1502.

Collaso presents duets

Joan Collaso Inc Productions presents the 3rd Annual Christmas Duets Mentoring Concert and Fundraiser, held for Timeless Gifts’ Youth Mentoring Program for the Performing Arts, at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2, at the DuSable Museum of African American Art, 740 E. 56th Place. Timeless Gifts is a nonprofit founded by Emmy award-winning Chicago vocalist(…)

Nukes Age discussed in Hyde Park

A conference exploring the use of nuclear energy and its demise takes place in Hyde Park next weekend. “A Mountain of Waste 70 Years High: Ending the Nuclear Age” will feature discussions, a documentary and a trip to the Red Gate Woods Forest Preserve site where the first wastes of the nuclear age are buried.(…)