News In Brief

“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(…)