News In Brief

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(…)

Midway rink open

The Midway Plaisance ice skating rink will open in just enough time for Hyde Parkers to burn off their Thanksgiving dinners. Ice skating rinks across the city will open on Nov. 23 and run through Feb. 24. The Midway Plaisance Park, 1104 Midway Plaisance North (east 59th Street at Woodlawn) will be open from noon(…)

South Side Pie contest results

The winners of the South Side Pie contest, recently held at Ray Elementary, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., have been announced. The first place winners are: Sharon Brinkman, in the creme pie category; Molly Herron, in the fruit pie category; Paige Reilly, in the nut pie category; and Sofia Kilbadze, in the pumpkin/sweet potato pie category.

Charlotte Des Jardins takes the stage

Charlotte Des Jardins, a Hyde Park resident, will be one of 18 seniors to act in the play “20 Years in Two Acts,” a celebration of past work by the Primus Theater company at Renaissance Court, 78 E. Washington St. Renaissance Court is an activities center for adults over 55. The play runs from Nov.(…)