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Hyde Park theaters to present plays by August Wilson this spring

Three Hyde Park theaters will host performances in conjunction with a citywide celebration of renowned playwright August Wilson, which will take place through April 18. The celebration is an exploration of Wilson’s work that includes concert readings, panel discussions and special events such as the revival of “Two Running Trains,” which will be directed by(…)

Gilbert and Sullivan return

The Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company will present “The Yeomen of the Guard” next week in Mandel Hall. The company’s 55th annual production will tell the story of a man falsely accused of sorcery by his envious relative, while friends try to free him before his execution. The performance is 3 hours long with one(…)

Robie after hours for you

Robie after hours for you

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Each Friday in April Robie House will host an after hours gathering open to the public. “April After Hours at the Robie House: Drinks, music and a Frank Lloyd Wright Masterpiece” will give visitors the opportunity to see a masterpiece of modern architecture in a casual environment. The Frank Lloyd(…)

Accusations of fraud mar Election Day in 4th, 5th wards

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Election Day went smoothly at many 4th and 5th ward polling places, but not without some serious concerns. In the 4th Ward, Ald. Will Burns’ challengers Tracey Bey and Norman Bolden are calling on Ald. Will Burns to reject Tuesday’s results in light of alleged electoral fraud. Burns was re-elected(…)

Park District to host meeting on revetment of Kenwood lakefront

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Chicago Park District will host another in a series of planning meetings for the revetment of Morgan Shoal. A planning team will host a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26 at Kennicott Park, 4434 S. Lake Park Ave. The meeting will provide an overview of the revetment(…)

2015 candidate’s forums available online

Recordings of candidate’s forums from the 2015 election season are available online. Video recordings of candidate’s forums — including for local races — are available on the Chicago cable access network CAN TV’s website. The direct link to the page on the site with the video is cantv.org/watch-now/category/election-2015. Audio recordings of all 4th and 5th ward(…)

2015 Clarence Darrow symposium to focus on immigration, undocumented workers

The annual Darrow symposium, which will take place on the 78th anniversary of famed attorney Clarence Darrow’s death, will explore contemporary activism on the issues of undocumented laborers and immigration. This year’s symposium views the issues of undocumented laborers and immigration through the work of three advocates for the undocumented: Tania Unzueta Carrasco, an immigrant queer(…)

Kenwood Academy Brotherhood to host annual basketball fundraiser in March

The Kenwood Academy 5th Annual Brotherhood Basketball fundraiser will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, March 20. The Kenwood Brotherhood will play against the African American Firefighters and Paramedics League of Chicago during the tournament, which will take place in the upper gym at Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. The tournament is(…)

How to vote in Chicago’s 2015 elections

Residents of the 4th and 5th wards will have plenty of opportunities to participate in the city’s upcoming municipal election. Feb. 21 is the last day for first-time voters to register. All registrants must bring two forms of identification (driver’s license, state ID, passport and utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck stub or a(…)

Murray Elementary students shine in school’s first National Geographic Bee

Murray Elementary School students Robert Nellis, 7th grade, Ryan Nellis, 5th grade and Stanley Cannon, 5th grade were the winners of the school’s first National Geographic Bee. National Geographic designed the contest to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject and increase public awareness about geography. During the(…)

University of Chicago renames dorm after $44M donation from Kenwood resident’s estate

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago recently renamed its South Campus Residence Hall after former Kenwood-resident Renee Granville-Grossman. The residence hall, 6031 S. Ellis Ave., was renamed the Renee Granville-Grossman Residential Commons. The hall, opened in 2009, is a 331,193-square-foot dormitory that houses 800 students. It is the largest housing complex on(…)

Hyde Parkers seeking grant for new sign in Jackson Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC) will seek a grant from the South East Chicago Commission (SECC) to pay for a new sign highlighting the park. JPAC will apply for funds from the SECC’s Neighborhood Enhancement Grant Program for the new sign, which would be at the 5800 block of(…)

South East Chicago Commission awarding grants to community organizations

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer After a two-year hiatus the South East Chicago Commission and the University of Chicago will be awarding grants to neighborhood organizations. The 2015 Neighborhood Enhancement Grant Program was suspended after 2013, but has been awarded since 1999. The program offers funds to neighborhood schools, religious congregations, community organizations, park advisory(…)

Youth treated to “Selma” showing

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago partnered with After School Matters (ASM) last week to send 1000 students to see the Civil Rights film “Selma.” ASM, a non-profit that funds programs offering activities to Chicago students outside of school hours, and the U. of C.’s office of Civic Engagement, gave the tickets(…)

Chicago Teachers Union makes endorsement in 5th Ward, passes on 4th

The Chicago Teachers Union is endorsing 24 candidates in this year’s municipal election — including a local alderman. The union last Tuesday released a list of endorsements with mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia and aldermanic candidates in 23 wards, including Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th). The union endorsed no candidate in the 4th Ward, where Ald.(…)

Services to be held for Hyde Park trumpeter Paul Serrano

Paul Serrano, 82, died at 10:54 p.m. January 14, 2015. He was a jazz musician and Hyde Parker. Serrano was owner of P.S. Recording Studio and a well-known jazz trumpeter. He was born on the South Side on Oct. 9, 1932. A jazz memorial service will be held in late February or early March. For(…)

Final list of aldermanic candidates approved for 4th, 5th wards

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Nine candidates will appear on the ballot for 4th and 5th ward alderman this February. The candidates for 4th Ward alderman will be incumbent Will Burns, Tracey Bey and Norman Bolden. The candidates for 5th Ward alderman will be incumbent Leslie Hairston, Tiffany Brooks, Jedidiah Brown, Robin Boyd Clark, Jocelyn Hare(…)

Three forums planned this week for 4th, 5th ward candidates

Fourth and 5th Ward aldermanic candidates will appear at three forums in the coming week. This Saturday, Jan. 24, Ald. Will Burns (4th) and challengers Tracey Bey and Norman Bolden will attend a forum hosted by the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave.(…)

Logan Center to screen film on Chicago school closures

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The School Project is hosting the second of its six-part screening series on education issues in Chicago at the University of Chicago Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts’ performance hall on Jan. 22. The University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research will also release a new(…)

South Side Young Life youth group to host chili cook-off

The South Side Young Life organization is hosting “Chili Cook-Off” Jan. 25 from 1 p.m. to 3p.m. at 4524 S. Ellis Ave. Young Life, which has active clubs at Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave.; DuSable, 4934 S. Wabash Ave., and the University of Chicago Laboratory High School, 1362 E. 59th St., is a faith-based(…)