News In Brief

One last weekend to see Players show

The Hyde Park Community Players’ production “Oedipus! The Musical!” closes after this coming weekend’s performances. “Oedipus!” will be performed at The David and Reva Logan Center, 915 E. 60th St., May 17 to May 19. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at 57th Street Books, 1301(…)

Cable cars at HPHS

Cable cars at HPHS

Journalist Greg Borzo will speak about Chicago’s historic cable-car system at the Hyde Park Historical Society building, 5529 S. Lake Park Ave., Saturday, May 18. The talk begins at 2 p.m. Borzo says he first stumbled on information about the cable cars while researching the history of the “L” system. “It’s virtually unknown that Chicago(…)

No new leads on Harper shooting

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Chicago Police Department has not released any new information following the murder of 39-year-old Henry Atkins last week. Police News Affairs said the shooting occurred at 12:15 a.m. on Tuesday, April 30, in the hallway of a building on the 5200 block of Harper Avenue. Lewis Galvin, a resident(…)

Garden fair looking for volunteers

The 54th annual Hyde Park Garden Fair is just around the corner, and organizers are still welcoming volunteers to assist in preparation for the local growing celebration and sale. Each year, the organizing committee for the fair prepare a collection of offerings from 10 separate categories of plants, including herbs, house plants, vegetables and wildflowers.(…)

McMobil project at planning

The Chicago Plan Commission will hear about the planned development for Vue 53, the proposal to construct a 13-story residential and retail building at 1330 E. 53rd St., at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 16, in Council Chambers, City Hall, second floor 121 N. LaSalle St. The plan commission will have the opportunity to hear(…)

Son joins father’s architecture firm

Architect Patrick M. Rosen will join his father, Michael B. Rosen, at Rosen Architecture, 53 W. Jackson Boulevard. Both are Hyde Park residents. Rosen Architecture, which has designed and remodeled commercial and residential buildings in Chicago and across the country, is 68 years old. “When considering all of Patrick’s capabilities and experience, it would have(…)

Seminary Coop officially opens this Saturday

The Seminary Co-Op Bookstore will celebrate its grand opening on Saturday, May 11. Author Aleksander Hemon will deliver the keynote address at 3 p.m. Hemon is the author of “Nowhere Man” and “The Lazarus Project” and is the editor of Dalkey Archive Press’ Best European Fiction anthology. Co-Op employee Kate McIntyre will give three 40-minute(…)

Jackson Park council to mull landscaping

The Jackson Park Advisory Council will join representatives from the Chicago Park District to discuss possible landscaping in the park on Monday, May 13. The Chicago Park District is considering a landscaping renovation, potentially funded by a federal program. A spokesperson for the CPD confirmed the work would be federally funded, and said the potential(…)

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(…)