Kenwood School of Ballet celebrates fourth year with a recital

Kenwood School of Ballet celebrates fourth year with a recital

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Kristi Mosbey has been teaching her students at the Kenwood School of Ballet the perfect pirouettes and tendus for four years now, and she is finally seeing the results of her hard work bloom in her students’ technique. “I’m that teacher that’s on the floor on my hands and knees(…)

Kurt Elling returns ‘home’ for performance in Hyde Park

Kurt Elling returns ‘home’ for performance in Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Grammy Award-winning jazz singer Kurt Elling gave an electrifying performance at the Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., Sunday, June 12. The performance was part of the annual N’DIGO Foundation Gala, an event that raises funds to cover the college tuitions of deserving Chicago youths. Elling, who(…)

Ancona marketing director takes new position in California

Ancona marketing director takes new position in California

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer After six years at The Ancona School, 4770 S. Dorchester Ave., Fiona Farrahi will have her last day at the school on July 17 in order to pursue further career opportunities. Farrahi came to Ancona as the admissions director in 2010 and is leaving as the admissions marketing communications director.(…)

Second City show features Hyde Park comedians

Second City show features Hyde Park comedians

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Editor Hyde Park residents Lisa Beasley and Aasia Lashay Bullock are part of the six-person comedy group in The Second City e.t.c.’s 40th Revue, “A Red Line Runs Through It.” In “A Red Line Runs Through It,” which is now playing at The Second City e.t.c. Theatre, 230 W. North Ave. (2nd(…)

CCCS and HPAC partner for a service day of art

CCCS and HPAC partner for a service day of art

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer About 50 kids at the Chicago Child Care Society (CCCS) had a morning of arts and crafts, Friday, June 10, thanks to a collaboration with the Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC) and Deloitte Chicago. Eighteen volunteers from the consulting firm, Deloitte, guided kids through different art projects with the help(…)

Shop owner remembers Ali

Shop owner remembers Ali

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Leroy Cain, former owner of the renowned Hyde Park Hair Salon, remembers the excitement and chaos that neighborhood resident Muhammad Ali would cause when he’d go get a haircut. “He started coming in my shop around ’72, ’73,” Cain reflected from a padded chair inside Cain’s Barber College, 365 E.(…)

Co-op explores new era of book buying

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The experience of a bookstore is more than just purchasing a book: it’s discovering new ideas and concepts in paperback pages, finding a new interest and browsing endless shelves full of knowledge and creation until you find that one thing you’ve been looking for. For 55 years, the Seminary Co-op(…)

Le Cantanti spring concert

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Le Cantanti di Chicago will hold their spring concert this Sunday, June 19, at 6 p.m. at the St. Therese Chinese Catholic Church, 218 W. Alexander St. The program will include English madrigals, Mozart, Psalms arranged by Mendelssohn and Henry Smart and much more. Musicians from St. Therese Church will(…)

Make Music Chicago holds local events on June 21

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Several Hyde Park institutions have partnered with Make Music Chicago and will participate in Summer Solstice, a citywide day of music events, on Tuesday, June 21. Chicago, which has held the Summer Solstice event annually since 2011, is only one of 700 cities around the world that partakes in the(…)

Summer concerts at DuSable

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., is hosting “Sounds of History,” this summer. “Sounds of History” is a series of free concerts that will feature the music of some of the 20th century’s greatest jazz musicians. The music series kicks off Wednesday, June 15, with(…)

Promontory to show Muhammad Ali documentary

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A special screening of “The Trials of Muhammad Ali” will be shown tomorrow, June 14, starting at 8 p.m. at The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. The 2013 documentary explores the golden years of Ali’s boxing career while taking a closer look at the social justice issues he was(…)

Summer family workshops at Robie House

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Students from the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools are collaborating with the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust to lead family workshops focused on architecture and design at Robie House, 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave., throughout the month of July. The sessions will take place from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., on July(…)

U. of C. student body president allowed to graduate

U. of C. student body president allowed to graduate

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer University of Chicago (U. of C.) administrators have put Student Body President Tyler Kissinger on “disciplinary probation” as a result of his involvement in a May 19 protest in which he and 34 other students briefly occupied the university’s administrative building. Despite this, Kissinger, a fourth-year undergraduate student, will be(…)

OWL meeting invites local elected officials

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Older Women’s League (OWL) Hyde Park chapter will hold its monthly meeting tomorrow, Saturday, June 11. The focus of the June meeting will be “Delivering Economic and Social Benefits to Community and Residents of the State of Illinois.” The meeting takes place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at(…)

U. of C. student body president faces disciplinary action

U. of C. student body president faces disciplinary action

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer University of Chicago (U. of C.) student body president Tyler Kissinger is facing disciplinary action following his participation in a May 19 sit-in inside the university’s administrative building. The May 19 sit-in was coupled with a student protest, titled “Rally to Democratize the University,” which was prompted, according to event(…)

N’DIGO Gala celebrates 20th at the Logan Center

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The N’DIGO Foundation, a non-profit that provides college scholarships to deserving Chicago high school graduates, is holding its 20th annual fundraising gala in Hyde Park this Sunday, June 12. The event, which will raise money to cover the college tuition of three high school graduates, is being held at the(…)

Kenwood graduate wins producer award from Columbia College

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A 2013 Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., alumna has received the 1st Annual Movie Magic Producing Award from Columbia College Chicago. Lia Marie Miller is one of three graduating Columbia students who won the award, which is for students who have demonstrated expert skill in communication, collaboration(…)

MASK boosts presence in Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Mothers Against Senseless Killings (MASK) is holding two events in Hyde Park this week. The anti-violence organization, which originally started in Englewood, has been stretching its branches into Hyde Park recently with the aim of recruiting new members for the summer months. On Thursday, June 9, Hyde Park residents are(…)

Experimental Station receives grant to enhance Farmer’s Market services

The United States Department of Agriculture has awarded the Experimental Station, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave., a $313,000 Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) Grant through the LINK UP Illinois program to enable more Illinois farmers markets to implement SNAP nutrition incentive programs in 2016 and 2017. Since 2011, LINK Up Illinois has provided funding, training and technical support to more than(…)

4th on 53rd Grand Marshall shares memories of past parades

4th on 53rd Grand Marshall shares memories of past parades

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Every year, the 4th on 53rd Parade gets a Grand Marshall; someone who truly embodies the spirit of Hyde Park and is honored to lead the parade down 53rd Street. This year, one of the founders of the very first parade, Nancy Stanek, gets her time to shine as Grand(…)