News In Brief

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.(…)

Smoke shop gives away turkeys

On Monday Hyde Park Cigars gave away 300 turkeys to needy families who couldn’t afford a bird for their Thanksgiving dinners. Owner Mike Allen said the giveaway was an effort to pass his good fortune along. “To be honest it’s just reaching out and passing on the blessings,” Allen said. “It’s a blessing to be(…)

Midway rink open

The Midway Plaisance ice skating rink will open in just enough time for Hyde Parkers to burn off their Thanksgiving dinners. Ice skating rinks across the city will open on Nov. 23 and run through Feb. 24. The Midway Plaisance Park, 1104 Midway Plaisance North (east 59th Street at Woodlawn) will be open from noon(…)

South Side Pie contest results

The winners of the South Side Pie contest, recently held at Ray Elementary, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., have been announced. The first place winners are: Sharon Brinkman, in the creme pie category; Molly Herron, in the fruit pie category; Paige Reilly, in the nut pie category; and Sofia Kilbadze, in the pumpkin/sweet potato pie category.

Charlotte Des Jardins takes the stage

Charlotte Des Jardins, a Hyde Park resident, will be one of 18 seniors to act in the play “20 Years in Two Acts,” a celebration of past work by the Primus Theater company at Renaissance Court, 78 E. Washington St. Renaissance Court is an activities center for adults over 55. The play runs from Nov.(…)

JPAC election results

The Jackson Park Advisory Council held their annual board elections on Monday Nov. 12. The board works to preserve Jackson Park’s architecture and the native flora and fauna. Louise McCurry will retain her position as president. Aaron Stephens was voted vice president. Gary Ossewaarde was voted to retain his position as secretary. Dwight Powell was(…)

Rich Nayer appears in film

The recently completed independent drama “My Enemy’s Son” is a thoroughly local production: director and Bronzeville resident Will Adams’ second film was shot throughout Chicago’s South Side and features Hyde Park resident Rich Nayer as a leading character. The movie, which features an 18-person cast, follows the story of South Side drug dealer T-Low, who(…)

61st Street farmers market open

Although the temperature is plunging, the 61st Street Farmers Market at Experimental Station, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave., is still providing a broad array of seasonal fresh and prepared foods through Dec. 15. The indoor market also features chef demonstrations and classes by B’Gabs Goodies, and matches purchases using Link cards of up to $25. The(…)

Bette Cerf Hill at HPAC

A show featuring abstract work from Chicago artist Bette Cerf Hill is opening Sunday at the Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC), 5020 S. Cornell Ave. “String Theory” is a collection of Cerf Hill’s work inspired by concepts of energy and entropy. Along with abstract paintings, the longtime member of HPAC will also exhibit an installation(…)