News In Brief

African fest opening this weekend

The 24th annual African Festival of the Arts will run from Friday, Aug. 30 to Monday, Sept. 2. Located at 5100 S. Cottage Grove Ave., the festival features performances and art centered around the cultures of Africa. Headlining the festival, which draws visitors from across the nation, is Grammy-winner Brandy, or Brandy Norwood, who performs(…)

Sculptures on point end tenure

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The sculptures that were on display at Promontory Point for the last year were removed last week after their installation period had ended. The sculptures were placed there last year by Chicago Sculpture International and were granted a permit to be displayed for one year. A spokesperson from the park(…)

Hyde Park Players announce new auditions

The Hyde Park Community Players will hold auditions for a production of “Les Liaisons Dangereuses,” a play by Christopher Hampton based on the French novel by the same title. The play is a story of intrigue and scandal between French lovers. The auditions will take place Sunday, Sept. 15, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.(…)

Book fair organizers accepting donations

The Hyde Park Used Book Sale began accepting donations for this year’s event. Donations of used books can be dropped off at Treasure Island’s basement in a watermelon box left at the foot of the stairs or taken directly to the sorting room if somebody is working. Donors who need help transporting the books can(…)

Art gala returning next month

The Hyde Park Art Center will hold its annual fundraising Gala Sept. 28. The event will run from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. According to an invitation from the Art Center, the gala typically raises $200,000, which helps fund its community art programs. The gala will feature screen(…)

DuSable march on Washington event

The DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., will mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington next Wednesday, August 28 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on the museum grounds. The march, which occurred that day in 1963, was one of the largest political rallies for human rights in United(…)

Rally protesting police

The Rainbow PUSH Coalition will join the National Conference of Black Lawyers (Chicago Chapter) and about 200 community leaders in a mass march at City Hall to demand police accountability. The organizations plan to rally at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at Federal Plaza on Dearborn and Adams streets and March to City Hall(…)

Tour of Columbian Exposition sites Sat.

A tour of sites from the 1893 Columbian Exposition will take place this Saturday, Aug. 24. The tour will begin at the Darrow Bridge, south of the Museum of Science and Industry, 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive. Sites include the Midway Plaisance, which was a canal running through the fair during the six-month-long event.(…)