News In Brief

“Nutcracker” back in HP

The Hyde Park School of Dance (HPSD) will perform “The Nutcracker” at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16 at Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St. This year’s production of Tchaikovsky’s perennial holiday-season favorite is the School’s 14th since its first at Mandel Hall in(…)

Historical society throws party

The Hyde Park Historical Society’s annual holiday party is this Saturday, Dec. 15, and the community is invited to attend and share stories about life in Hyde Park. The event takes place at the historical society’s headquarters at 5529 S. Lake Park Ave., a restored cable car waiting station that dates from the late 1800s,(…)

“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(…)