How do we think about the neighborhoods we live in? For many, Hyde Park is an idyllic gem on the lake, a case study in urban renewal, or the hub of 15,000 University of Chicago students’ frenetic energy. For filmmaker and self-declared trans-disciplinary healing artist Robert Beshara, it’s a neighborhood ready for its close-up. The neighborhood serves as both setting and protagonist in his unreleased film, Alchemy in Hyde Park. Continue reading
The 5100 block of South Harper Avenue in Hyde Park has been growing emptier these last few months.
Early recorded music was all about gears and humidity,” Chicago Cultural Historian Tim Samuelson declared, opening his talk on the “Mecca Flat Blues” exhibit at the Chicago Cultural Center last week. Continue reading
Gene Cochrane and Kalil Smith-Nuevelle call themselves “gender politicians.” The two UofC students met last spring at a coffee shop where Cochrane was working, and quickly began friends and then bandmates. Now known as Slurp’s Up, the duo is more than eager to jump into discussions of radical gender politics with their newly released debut album, “Text Me When You Get This.” Continue reading