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Grace Notes

How one youth choir got down to business

November 24, 2010
Grace Notes

It’s a Thursday night at First Presbyterian Church, and the Henry Hendricks Weddington (HHW) Alumni Choir is holding practice—or trying to, at least. This is only the second week of rehearsal, and the darkening autumn days bring with them work, school, and other obligations. Tonight’s choir is considerably sparse. Director, Jean Hendricks sports braids... »

How The South Side Got Its Groove Back

Numero Group gives forgotten musicians a second play

November 17, 2010
How The South Side Got Its Groove Back

Stories scatter the city’s South Side. Many are kept alive by word of mouth, while others are stored away on slabs of vinyl. As records begin to disintegrate, Numero Group, a South Side-based reissue record company, stands nearby ready to salvage the best. The Bandit Label In the late 1960s, 4114 S. Martin Luther... »

Preschool of Hard Knocks

The South Side beginnings of early childhood intervention

November 10, 2010
Preschool of Hard Knocks

“It was simply a composite of everything gone wrong.” Portia Kennel remembers. “The neighborhood was on the worst census track in the nation. It had every single risk factor at the time…poverty, overcrowding, failing infrastructure. Poor maternal health was rampant and the infant mortality rate was equal to some third world countries.” But her... »

Long Live the Dead

Three Stories of celebration from Día de los Muertos

November 3, 2010
Long Live the Dead

The Day of the Dead is a living holiday. Rooted in a blend of meso-American traditions and Spanish Catholic rituals, the images that are today iconic– decorated candy skulls for loved ones lost, and the ornate skeletons of the catrina– all emerged from the reflections of old ideas in new places.  They are works... »

Second Helpings

Two local joints give you something to be thankful for year-round

November 24, 2010
Second Helpings

In the first several pages of Thomas Pynchon’s novel “Gravity’s Rainbow,” we find a description of one Geoffrey “Pirate” Prentice, who is famous for his “banana breakfasts.” Banana fritters,... »

Tellabrate good times

November 24, 2010

Last Sunday night, all over the world, people congregated to collectively recognize the rare art of storytelling. Spanning 40 states and nine countries, the performances, collectively known as “Tellabration,”... »

No woman, no cry

November 24, 2010

Two sisters, Ntozake Shange and Ifa Bayeza, stood onstage at a spoken-word event at the DuSable Museum last Friday to give voice to the saga of seven generations of... »

Weight of the World

The women of the Deborah Movement seeks change through prayer and action

November 24, 2010

Running in five minutes late to last Thursday’s monthly workshop meeting of all six chapters of the Deborah Movement, I was one of the first to arrive. The Deborahs... »

No Play Like Home

The Court’s newest production revisits a classic of black American theater

November 24, 2010
No Play Like Home

Wearing a jacket that suits him as poorly as urban life, Cephus Miles is brought to life in Court Theatre’s new production of Samm-Art Williams’s “Home.” Yet the northern... »

Vinyl Destination

With the Groove Store open, what is the future of Hyde Park record stores?

November 17, 2010
Vinyl Destination

A few days past the November 1 opening of the Groove Store in a small basement space at 55th and South Hyde Park, the record store is still being... »

Engage against the machine?

November 17, 2010

The handwritten posters plastered around Hyde Park read: “4:00 Friday. The Point.” At 4:15pm the five people who had shown up to Promontory Point expecting to find an organization... »

Fine China

Traditional Chinese cuisine and modern dining get along at Lao You Ju

November 17, 2010
Fine China

Across the tracks from the Cermak/Chinatown Red Line station, an elderly man wearing a beret bundles up close to his wife’s fur coat as they stroll down Wentworth Avenue.... »