News In Brief

Botched carjacking leaves victim badly hurt

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer   A man is listed in critical condition after an attempted carjacking last week left him pinned beneath another car. A 16-year-old was charged as a juvenile with one count each of felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle, felony aggravated battery and misdemeanor criminal damage to property. At 10:56(…)

Better Government Association to host citizen watchdog training

The Better Government Association (BGA) will be hosting a citizen watchdog training session next Wednesday, May 21, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the U. of C. Institute of Politics, 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave. The event will focus on the Freedom of Information Act and how citizens can monitor their government. The event is free,(…)

Hyde Park Garden Fair returns

The Hyde Park Garden Fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, May 16, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, at the shopping plaza by Treasure Island. The 55th annual garden fair will split its profits. Forty percent of the profits will be donated to the(…)

Jackson Park restoration topic at upcoming meeting

A public meeting concerning the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) planned restoration of Jackson Park will take place this week. The meeting will be hosted by the USACE and the Chicago Park District at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7, at the Jackson Park field house, 6401 S. Stony Island Ave. On April 12,(…)

Felix Mendelssohn at First Unitarian Church this Sunday

The Adult Choir at First Unitarian Church of Chicago, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., will perform Felix Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” at 10 a.m., Sunday, May 4. Soloists include Michael Swisher, Carolyn Brady Riley, Joan Staples and Barbara Randolph. Amanda Thomas will direct.

February student death linked to alcohol

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A University of Chicago student who was found in his dorm room in February died as a result of alcohol poisoning, the Cook County Medical Examiner said. An autopsy ruled that his death was accidental. Nicholas Barnes, a third-year Germanic studies student, was discovered on Feb. 15. The key card(…)

Marsha’s Music celebrating spring this Saturday

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Marsha’s Music is inviting the community to a family celebration of spring this weekend at Joan’s Studio, 1438 E. 57th St. The event, dubbed the Earth Day Spring Fam Jam, will feature music, song, dance and crafts beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 26. Participants will sing tunes such(…)

Romeo, wherefore doest thou move?

The Hyde Park Community Players will be moving the venue for their 5th anniversary production of “Romeo and Juliet” this week from Experimental Station, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave., to Ida Noyes Hall 1212 E. 59th St. Beginning next weekend through the end of the month, the play will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays(…)