Court Theatre program showcases student talent

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Students in the Court Theatre’s Artist-in-the-Schools program will have the chance to present their work at the 10th Annual Hyde Park Bank High School Performance Festival will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 6. The program will feature scenes monologues and scenic designs by local high school students. This year, student(…)

“When Penny Met POTUS” author to visit 57th St. Books

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Author Rachel Ruiz is returning to Hyde Park at 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th St., on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 10:30 a.m. to read during story time and sign her children’s book, “When Penny Met POTUS.” Ruiz also read her book during this September’s annual Hyde Park Children’s Book(…)

Shrine of Christ accepting donations for clothing and toy drive

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Shrine of Christ the King is hosting a toy and clothing drive from now until Dec. 17. Items accepted include new or gently used children’s toys and clothing for all ages. Donations can be dropped off at the Institute of Shrine of Christ the King, 6401 S. Woodlawn Ave.;(…)

Forgotten Chicago presents bus tour to highlight President Obama

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer Forgotten Chicago along with Pullman-area native Tom Shephard will host an exclusive bus tour, Dec. 4, that will showcase sites crucial to the rise of President Obama in the years before his first election to the White House in 2008. Although many know that the Obama’s have a home in(…)

A Capella Christmas Concert at Rockefeller

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Chicago Men’s A Capella group will be performing their Christmas concert this Friday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave. Joining the group will be the Chicago Children’s Choir and the Hyde Park Neighborhood Choir. The set, directed by Bruce Tammen, will feature(…)

Shrine of Christ accepting donations for clothing and toy drive

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Shrine of Christ the King is hosting a toy and clothing drive from now until Dec. 17. Items accepted include new or gently used children’s toys and clothing for all ages. Donations can be dropped off at the Institute of Shrine of Christ the King, 6401 S. Woodlawn Ave.;(…)

U. of C. to host a “Future of reproductive Rights” lecture

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, will hold a lecture at the University of Chicago at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, at the Laird Bell Law Quadrangle, 111 E. 60th Street. Richards will be there to discuss what this past year has meant for reproductive rights and(…)

Urban Readers Series at Co-op

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer As part of the Urban Readers Series, the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., is hosting author Shannon Lee Dawdy, Tuesday, Nov. 29. Dawdy is the author of “Patina: A Profound Archaeology” which she will discuss along with Kate Ingold. “Patina” examines what was lost and found in the(…)

Home demolition on Woodlawn Avenue exposes landmark designation default

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer A recent demolition on Woodlawn Ave. is shedding light on an important issue for homeowners in the area, that landmark protection is absent for the majority of homes on Woodlawn Ave., between 55th and 58th streets. The historic house at 5549 S. Woodlawn Ave. has now completely been demolished. The(…)

Kenwood student sings the blues

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A Kenwood Academy High School student, Mae Ya Carter Ryan, will perform at this year’s Winter Blues and Jazz Festival this Sunday, Nov. 27, at the famous blues bar, Buddy Guy’s Legends. Ryan is a sophomore at Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., and is in the school’s concert choir. Her(…)

Hyde Park organizations cohost community potluck

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer While Thanksgiving is a time to indulge in seasonal dishes, it can also be a time to try new things. Chicago Hyde Park Village and Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave., are hosting a Hyde Park Community Potluck, Thursday afternoon, Nov 24, from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., which(…)

Shrine of Christ accepting donations for clothing and toy drive

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Shrine of Christ the King is hosting a toy and clothing drive from now until Dec. 17. Items accepted include new or gently used children’s toys and clothing for all ages. Donations can be dropped off at the Institute of Shrine of Christ the King, 6401 S. Woodlawn Ave.;(…)

Public libraries closed on Thanksgiving Day

All Chicago Public Library locations, including the Blackstone Branch Library, 4904 S Lake Park Ave., will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 24, in observance of Thanksgiving Day. The Harold Washington Library Center, the Woodson Regional Library and Sulzer Regional Library will also be closed.

Ald. Sophia King reflects on half a year in office

Ald. Sophia King reflects on half a year in office

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Since taking office about seven months ago, Ald. Sophia King (4th) is heading into the Feb. 28 special election with her accomplishments in tow in hopes of proving to 4th Ward constituents that she is the best person for the job. King said the main thing she has done since(…)

HP  mindfulness groups team up to quell violence

HP  mindfulness groups team up to quell violence

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Dr. Hema Pokharna has been teaching Nonviolent Communication for 21 years on Monday nights at Regents Park, 5050 S. Lake Shore Dr. She teaches the practices of Marshall Rosenberg, who created Nonviolent Communication teachings in the 1960s. The practice of Nonviolent Communication can help foster a peaceful response rather than(…)

First annual Chicago Podcast Festival launched in HP

First annual Chicago Podcast Festival launched in HP

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer The first annual podcast festival in the City of Chicago was held Thursday night, Nov. 17 through Saturday, Nov. 19 at The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. A podcast is a digital media file that is made available to stream on the Internet. Listeners are then able to download(…)

“Shared Eye” latest exhibit at Renaissance Society

“Shared Eye” latest exhibit at Renaissance Society

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The latest exhibition at the Renaissance Society, 5811 S. University Ave., explores imagery and ambiguity through mixed-media pieces. At first glance, the work of “Shared Eye” may seem like a collage of unintentional objects, but New York-based artist, Sadie Benning, had a specific idea for the composition of each and(…)

CPS to reinstate Safe Passage program at Shoesmith

CPS to reinstate Safe Passage program at Shoesmith

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The lack of Safe Passage workers at Shoesmith Elementary School was part of the discussion during its local school council (LSC) meeting Wednesday, Nov. 16. According to school officials, Shoesmith, 1330 E. 50th St., has not had Safe Passage workers for the school for about a year and a half.(…)

Christmas around the world exhibit opens at MSI

Christmas around the world exhibit opens at MSI

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer The Museum of Science and Industry kicked off the holidays by opening its Christmas Around the World and the Holidays of Light exhibit, Thursday, Nov. 17. The exhibit showcases more than 50 decorated trees surrounded by a 45-foot-tall “Grand Tree” wrapped in 30,000 twinkling lights. Today, the Grand Tree was(…)

The Nutcracker returns as Hyde Park holiday tradition

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Holiday traditions can be baking homemade cookies with the family, caroling from door to door or having a holiday movie marathon with hot cocoa. For Hyde Park, the holiday tradition that has remained throughout the years is the Hyde Park School of Dance’s (HPSD) annual performance of “The Nutcracker.” The(…)