Kenwood

The Hepcats of Room 43

One of Miles Davis’ solos was like a “religious experience.” “It was the best thing that ever happened to me,” he confides, “better than sex, better than any drug I ever took.” With that he finishes his cigarette and heads inside.

Sue’s Story

It was in a church basement on Drexel and 50th, in a small after-school program, where Melina Kolb first apprehended the generosity of Sue Duncan.

At Least Oak

Walking around 49th and Drexel this past Saturday, you could overhear people gushing over the Ryerson Mansion’s ornate doorknobs and murmuring, “This must have been a fern room. They went crazy over fern rooms around the turn of the century.”…

Annotating the Chicago Canon

On Wednesday night, Professor Bill Savage of Northwestern University lectured to an eager crowd at the Blackstone Public Library in Kenwood. His topic was the new edition of “Chicago: City on the Make,” of which he is co-annotator. Savage teaches…

Monk and Mingus

Copacetic composers Thelonious Monk and Charles Mingus were brought back to life this past weekend. No, it wasn’t the work of new science or an ancient spell; rather, this was the University of Chicago’s Jazz X-tet’s set, “Monk and Mingus.”…

Original Again

[nggallery id=30] On Groundhog Day, Punxsutawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter. But the weather was mild as Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Wallace Goode, 4th Ward Alderman Will Burns and a host of community figures and…

Creative Futures

Bruce Taylor began the first day of class by asking his nine students why they were given their first names. “I was named Joy,” responded one student, “because my daddy said I brought joy into his life.” After two beats…