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Late Hyde Park labor activist Les Orear to be honored next week

The life and work of late Hyde Park resident and labor activist Leslie Orear will be remembered at a public event next week at Roosevelt University. “The Life and Times of Les Orear: A Presentation in Words, Song and Images of 103 Years of Working-Class Struggle and History,” will take place at 5 p.m. on(…)

Lab Schools journalism teacher Wayne Brasler to retire

University of Chicago Lab Schools journalism teacher Wayne Brasler is planning to retire, according to a Wednesday announcement by school director Robin Appleby. “After 51 years at Lab, journalism teacher Wayne Brasler has announced he is planning to retire and return to the professional sector,” Appleby said in a e-mail to the Lab community, adding(…)

Staged reading this Friday at Augustana

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Community Players will be hosting their twelfth-ever monthly staged reading this Friday, marking nearly a year since the series began last October. Laura MacGregor, producer of the Players’ First Fridays Staged Reading Series, and University of Chicago undergraduate student Kyllie Nolla will rehearse selections from Pulitzer Prize-winner(…)

Larry Turpin and Julie Woestehoff leave Chicago

Hyde Park pastor Larry Turpin and education activist Julie Woestehoff have moved to Wyoming. Woestehoff had been executive director of Parents United for Responsible Education since 1995. The group has been a fierce critic of charter schools and standardized testing. Her husband, Turpin, was pastor at the United Church of Hyde Park, 1448 E. 53rd(…)

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to kill all Jackson Park lagoon fish and replace them

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Say goodbye to the fish in the Jackson Park lagoon. As part of a five-year federally-funded restoration of native habitats in Jackson Park, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to kill all lagoon fish and replace them with new ones. The lagoon’s dominant species are currently carp and bullhorns,(…)

Kenwood Academic Center to move into Canter Middle School

Kenwood Academic Center to move into Canter Middle School

By Daschell M. Phillips Staff Writer The Kenwood High School Academic Center will move into the recently vacant Canter building in the 2015-2016 school year, according to Ald. Will Burns (4th). Burns released a statement Tuesday afternoon stating that Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CEO of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Barbara Byrd Bennett met with Kenwood(…)

Meditation. “Zen meditation at Rockefeller.”

Meditation. “Zen meditation at Rockefeller.”

Meditation. “Zen meditation at Rockefeller.” 5-6:45 p.m., every Wednesday, Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., 773-702-2100, free. Participants meditate in Rockefeller Chapel.

Concert. “George Franklin Memorial 2014 Summer Sunday Concert Series.”

Concert. “George Franklin Memorial 2014 Summer Sunday Concert Series.”

Concert. “George Franklin Memorial 2014 Summer Sunday Concert Series.” 4-6 p.m., every Sunday, Nichols Park North Fountain Patio, 1355 E. 53rd St., culturecoast.org, free. The series will host every genre including R&B, blues, indie rock, reggae, cumbia, and funk. Runs through Sept. 14.