News In Brief

Court Theatre to celebrate 60 years

The Court Theater will celebrate its 60th anniversary with subscribers on Monday, Sept. 15, at Hutchinson Courtyard, 5706 S. University Ave. The event will feature a 6 p.m. buffet and open bar, 7:30 p.m. performances and conversations at Mandell Hall and an 8:30 p.m. champagne toast and dessert. Participants must R.S.V.P. by Aug. 31, and(…)

DuSable Museum hosting family event on financial literacy

The DuSable Museum of African American History is hosting “Kids Count!” a back to school student and family event from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 30. The event, which will take place at DuSable, 740 E. 56th Pl., will focus on financial literacy. Families will have the opportunity to open student checking or savings(…)

Volunteers needed for Bret Harte Elementary service day

Bret Harte Elementary School is seeking volunteers for a service day. MAC Property Management, which recently made upgrades to the playground at Bret Harte, 1556 E. 56th St., is sponsoring a service day for the school. The service day will take place from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 23. School year preparations will(…)

Rapper Common’s inaugural AAHH FEST! relocated to Union Park

The Common Ground Foundation’s inaugural concert AAHH FEST! has been moved from Jackson Park to Union Park and cut a day short. The annual event, originally planned to take place the weekend of Sept. 20 at 6300 S. Hayes Drive is now slated for Union Park on Sunday, Sept. 21. Last April, South Side native(…)

Registration open for Marsha’s Music

Registration is currently open for Marsha’s Music Together’s fall semester classes. The fall semester for Marsha’s Music Together is 10 weeks, Sept. 12 through Nov. 23, and features the Bongos Song Collection. Classes are held at Joan’s Studio in Hyde Park, 1438 E. 57th St. The music school also offers a family music jam once(…)

Little Black Pearl to host fundraiser at 39th Street Beach

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern In association with the Chicago Park District’s “Night Out in the Parks” series – an effort to encourage summer programming in neighborhood parks – the Little Black Pearl (LBP), 1060 E. 47th St., will host their upcoming fundraiser, Pearl Fest, by 39th Street Beach, 1099 E. Oakwood Blvd. The(…)

Growing Chicago seafood chain coming to Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A growing local chain of seafood restaurants is coming to Hyde Park. Red Snapper co-owner Khalil H. Khalil is expecting to open his fast food chain’s sixth Chicago store at 1418 E. 53rd St. within the next two weeks. Named after its signature fish dinner, Red Snapper serves dishes ranging(…)

Will Burns bashes D.C. Republicans

Ald. Will Burns (4th) held a press conference with several other Black General Assembly and City Council legislators last Wednesday condemning U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner’s plan to sue President Barack Obama. The House voted that day 225-201 to authorize a lawsuit against Obama alleging abuse of authority. Burns was joined by legislators(…)

New shoe store coming to Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer BankFinancial’s abandoned branch at 5500 S. Lake Park will soon make way for a New Balance shoe store. Jeff Mach, co-owner of the city’s four New Balance concept stores, will open the shop this month, with a tentative opening date planned for Aug. 15. He says he was drawn to(…)

Disney is staying on a bit

The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) is extending its Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives exhibit.  The exhibit will remain on display through Jan. 4. From Mickey Mouse to Captain Jack Sparrow, the exhibition features more than 300 artifacts from nine decades of Disney’s rich history—including props; costumes; memorabilia; and artwork from classic Disney(…)

New fellows at Institute of Politics

The University of Chicago Institute of Politics has announced its roster of fall 2014 fellows. The group’s five members will host public seminars during the U. of C.’s fall quarter at the institute, 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave. They are: Eliseo Medina, former Secretary-Treasurer for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU); Megan McArdle, a columnist for(…)

Ethics probe targets Bobby Rush

The House Ethics Committee announced Friday that it is investigating 11-term Congressman Bobby Rush (D-2). The panel has not shared any specific details on the investigation, which was sparked by an Office of Congressional Ethics probe into the lawmaker. The panel has said it will announce its action on Nov. 10. Last December, the Chicago(…)

Logan Center to host storytellers

The Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., will host ASE: The Chicago Association of Black Storytellers as part of their “Logan Center Family Saturdays” series from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 12, in the Performance Penthouse. Following the performance, the Logan Center offers free arts and crafts activities. Tickets(…)

Chosen Few picnic returning to Jackson Park this Saturday

The 24th annual Chosen Few Picnic, a yearly old school house music concert, will take place from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. this Saturday, in Jackson Park, at 63rd Street and Hayes Drive. The concert, which began as a small house music reunion, has grown to attract more than 40,000 annual visitors and has been(…)

Newly-formed park advisory council to meet this Sunday

The upcoming inaugural meeting of the Harold Washington Playlot Park advisory council has moved from Nichols Park, 1355 E. 53rd St., to the Del Prado Building, 5307 S. Hyde Park Blvd. Those interested in being members or on the board of the advisory council are invited to meet at 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 7,(…)

Gerald Ratner dead at 100

U. of C. benefactor and law school alum Gerald Ratner died last Friday, June 20, at the age of 100. Ratner, who advised the politically-influential, billionaire Crown family on legal matters, gave the U. of C. $15 million toward its $51 million gym, which was completed in 2003 and named after him. In 2006, he(…)

Asia brings Hyde Park yogurt

Asia brings Hyde Park yogurt

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park has another option for frozen yogurt in the neighborhood. Red Mango, an international chain founded in South Korea, celebrated its soft open at 5221 S. Harper Court last week. The store sells gluten-free, dairy-free, kosher, non-fat and low-fat yogurts. Toppings include syrups, fruit and cereals. Each portion is(…)

Awards at Lutheran School of Theology today

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 E. 55th St., will award six people with its Distinguished Alumni Award on Wednesday evening. Recipients are chosen for their community engagement, leadership in mission, vision for the future and new theological perspectives. David G. Abrahamson will receive the Excellence in Parish Ministry Award. Diane Dardon will(…)

Sneak peek at Bruce Finkelman’s Promontory next week

The Hyde Park Jazz Festival will host a benefit concert at the Promontory Restaurant and Club next week. The festival benefit will be among the first events at the new venue. Promontory owner Bruce Finkelman had not by Herald press time announced when the venue will officially open. The jazz festival will host its benefit(…)

King Haile Selassie’s grandson to visit DuSable Museum

Ethiopia’s King Haile Selassie’s grandson, Prince Ermias Sahle Selassie, will make a stop in Hyde Park later this month on a visit to Chicago. Prince Selassie will give a talk from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on June 29 at the DuSable Museum of African American History, 940 E. 56th Place, entitled “The Origins of(…)