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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.

Part 8: Genuinely civilized oddballs

Part 8: Genuinely civilized oddballs

By SUSAN O’CONNOR DAVIS When speaking of the recently constructed Logan Center on the south side of the Midway Plaisance, University of Chicago president Robert Zimmer commented that the building would have “a tremendous impact not only on our students, faculty and community, but on the future of the arts in Chicago.” He continued, “Creativity(…)