News In Brief

Man accused of spitting on Secret Service

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Kevin Lawrence, 46, is being held on $50,000 bail after he allegedly spit on a Secret Service agent guarding President Barack Obama’s home. Lawrence, who lives on the 5200 block of South Harper Avenue, approached a vehicle with a Secret Service agent inside and spit on the man inside on(…)

Locals in “Messiah”

The eighth annual Roosevelt University Jazz-Gospel performance of Handel’s “Messiah” will include two Hyde Parkers in its chorus. The concert, billed as “Too Hot to Handel,” will take place at the Auditorium Theater of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Jan. 19 and 20. A tradition since 2006, the performance is offered as a tribute(…)

Spotlight on food justice at K.A.M.

The fourth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Food Justice Weekend, “Schmita: Food Security and Sustainable Design in the Sabbatical Year and Beyond,” at K.A.M. Isaiah Israel is this weekend. The weekend will feature education and advocacy programs, Friday night service and Sunday workshops on food, farming and sustainable design. On Saturday afternoon, the community will(…)

Learn everyday ethics from Rabbi Brackman

Rabbi Yossi Brackman of the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) will be offering a six-session ethics course starting later this month at the Rohr Chabad Center for Jewish Life and Learning, 5700 S. Woodlawn Ave. The class, “Living with Integrity: Navigating Everyday Ethical Dilemmas,” will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 28, and according(…)

Family fun at the Logan Center

The David and Reva Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., begins a series of family-friendly matinees and workshops this Saturday. This week’s offerings are: “Twinkle Stars” with Hyde Park Suzuki (ages 2-6), Lego animation (all ages) and Drawing Workshop (ages 12-14) at 2 p.m.; Improv with Theater and Performance Studies (ages 8-10)(…)

Christmas trees turned to mulch

Hyde Parkers can visit Jackson Park to dispose of their Christmas trees once again this year. Residents can visit Jackson Park, 6300 S. Cornell Ave., where their trees will be shredded and be turned into mulch which will be available for free pickup and use starting Jan. 11. Ornaments, lights, and garland should all be(…)

Jackson Park’s McCurry honored

Parks advocate and Jackson Park Advisory Council President Louise McCurry will be recognized for her work at the Friends of the Parks (FOTP) annual luncheon in February. The award is for her commitment for improved park programming and community engagement in Jackson Park, according to a representative of FOTP. The FOTP 38th Annual Meeting and(…)

HPAC artist featured

Minouk Lim, resident artist at the Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., will be in the spotlight during two events in January at the center. On Sunday, Jan. 13, Lim will be available to discuss her work, including a performative piece she will create in the art center studios in January and February(…)