HPKCAC reading event this weekend

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Conference (HPKCAC) is hosting a free education-focused event this Saturday for the community. “It’s All About Reading” will take place Feb. 27 from 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Kozminski Elementary School, 936 E. 54th St. The event will focus on helping parents support children(…)

Solstice on the Park development plans approved

Solstice on the Park development plans approved

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Solstice on the Park development, designed by Studio Gang, was approved for its most recent proposal at a City of Chicago Planning Commission hearing on Feb. 18. The new proposal featured minor changes to the plans, such as building the 26-story development 33 feet closer to 56th Street and(…)

Gilbert & Sullivan prepare for “Princess Ida”

Gilbert & Sullivan prepare for “Princess Ida”

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer An exciting rendition of performances of Gilbert and Sullivan’s medieval fairytale “Princess Ida” comes to Mandel Hall in March. The Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company will put on three shows by Stage Director, Shane Valenzi, and Music Director, Matthew Sheppard. Valenzi, who is in his second year of directing at(…)

Philip Glass returns to alma mater in residency

Philip Glass returns to alma mater in residency

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Before he stunned an audience at a sold-out concert Feb. 19, composer Philip Glass took some time to sit down and speak about his music and his time at the University of Chicago (U. of C.). On Thursday night, Glass joined in conversation with U. of C. Professor of Composition.(…)

Sudanese sculptor continues to be inspired by life work

Sudanese sculptor continues to be inspired by life work

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Local sculptor, Amir Nour, has lived his whole life through his art, and although in his 70s, he has no plans of halting his creative process. Nour speaks of his many pieces with enthusiasm and appreciation as he shows his many works published throughout the various books that take up(…)

Kenwood High School Broncos advance to city championship

Kenwood High School Broncos advance to city championship

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer For the first time in school history, the Kenwood Broncos Boys basketball team advanced to the 2016 Chicago Public League City Championship game with a 52-51 victory over Red Central conference foes Curie Academy. “I understood we had history on the line and I wanted to do everything in my(…)

4th Ward talks politics of past, looks to better future

4th Ward talks politics of past, looks to better future

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Residents of the 4th Ward and neighboring communities gathered together Monday night to begin the conversation about what they want in their next alderman. On Feb. 1, Ald. Will Burns (4th) announced that he would step down from his position on March 1 to become the senior advisor and director(…)

Shrine of Christ responds to Archdiocese with video

Shrine of Christ responds to Archdiocese with video

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Coalition to Save The Shrine has released a statement and video in response to the Archdiocese’s recent procurement of a demolition permit for the Shrine of Christ the King Church, 6401 S. Woodlawn Ave. While the Archdiocese said that it will remain in dialogue with the leadership of Shrine(…)

Drive-by shooting injures two in Hyde Park

Drive-by shooting injures two in Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A drive-by shooting near downtown Hyde Park on Sunday, Feb. 21, has left two people hospitalized, according to Chicago police. The incident occurred at approximately 1:15 p.m., when an unknown suspect in a green Jeep Cherokee opened fire on a passing vehicle in the 5300 block of S. Harper Ave.,(…)

Kenwood teacher suspended for offensive comments in online videos

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School music teacher, Daniel Berry, was suspended after the school was made aware of online videos of him making derogatory comments about Jews and Muslims. The videos posted to Berry’s YouTube channel go back as far as July 2015 the most recent post Feb. 20. In most(…)

Community members gather to discuss election for 4th Ward

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer An open meeting to discuss the next alderman of the 4th Ward will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22 at Room 43, 1043 E. 43rd St. Ald. Will Burns (4th) announced that he would be resigning March 1 to take the role of director of Midwest policy and(…)

U. of C. class focuses on Obama Presidential Center

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer One anthropology class at the University of Chicago (U. of C.) is giving students the chance to develop their own visions for the Obama Presidential Center (OPC) before it’s much anticipated arrival on the South Side. The class, titled “Debating and Designing The Obama Presidential Center,” is led by professor(…)

Protesters force Alvarez off U. of C. campus

Protesters force Alvarez off U. of C. campus

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A group of protesters shut down an event with Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez at the University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) Institute of Politics (IOP), 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave., Wednesday, Feb. 17. Alvarez visited the IOP on Wednesday to defend her resume and field questions from students. She(…)

Archdiocese secures demolition permit for Shrine of Christ

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Archdiocese of Chicago has secured a demolition permit for the structurally damaged Shrine of Christ the King Church, 6401 S. Woodlawn Ave., according to a spokeswoman for the Catholic authority. The development raises questions about the Archdiocese’s plans surrounding the fire-devastated building. Demolition appeared avoidable when, at a Feb.(…)

Kenwood, CPS schools protest with morning “walk-in”

Kenwood, CPS schools protest with morning “walk-in”

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School was one of about 100 public schools across Chicago this morning to participate in a “walk-in” hosted by the Chicago Teacher’s Union (CTU). At 8:15 a.m., around 100 people gathered outside of Kenwood, 5105 S. Blackstone Ave., at 51st Street and Harper Avenue to stand in(…)

Creative Mansion celebrates African American inventors

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Creative Mansion Children’s Academy is hosting its annual Invention Convention next week in celebration of Black History Month. The public is invited to visit Creative Mansion, 4745 S. Ellis Ave., from 10 a.m. – noon Feb. 22-26 to see the student showcase at the Invention Convention. Students from ages 2-6(…)