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Ald. King is forming a committee on Michael Reese site- vidtally important to the South Side- for information visit our hot development page.

Special Service District 61 Commission meets 3RD WEDNESDAYS at POLSKY OR Hyatt Place Chicago, conference room on 5225 S. Harper Ave. (the evening meetings). Meetings are open to the public. 2 meetings a quarter are at 11 am and the third at 7 pm.


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By date.

No HPKCC Schools Committee in March.

March 24, Friday, 7 pm. MSI After Hours: Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive. See The New Exhibit "Extreme Ice" With Photographer James Balog. This highly anticipated adults-only evening event will feature a special conversation with James Balogwhose work illustrating climate change is displayed in MSI’s newest exhibit, Extreme Ice.

March 24, Friday, 8 pm. Screening + Book Party. Black Films for Trying Times. At Currency Exchange Cafe, 305 E. Garfield.
Join us to welcome the country’s leading scholars of Black cinema and media to Chicago! The authors will sign their books and share their favorite Black film and television moments, clips offering much needed hope, humor and guidance at this surreal moment in political history.

Light refreshments and heavy dancing. Music by DJ Rae Chardonnay. Free admission + cash bar. Hosted by Black Cinema House (Jacqueline Stewart, curator), in collaboration with Seminary Coop Bookstore and the Black Caucus of the Society for Cinema & Media Studies
Authors in attendance:
Christine Acham / Revolution Televised: Prime Time and the Struggle for Black Power
Gerald R. Butters Jr. / Beyond Blaxploitation
Allyson Nadia Field / Uplift Cinema: The Emergence of African American Film and the Possibility of Black Modernity; L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Back Cinema
Michael B. Gillespie / Film Blackness: American Cinema and the Idea of Black Film
Bambi Haggins / Laughing Mad: The Black Comic Persona in Post Soul America; Sneak Peak: Black Laughter Matters: Comedy & Blackness in the Age of Obama
Kara Keeling / The Witch’s Flight: The Cinematic, the Black Femme and the Image of Common Sense
Paula Massood / Black City Cinema: African American Urban Experiences in Film; The Spike Lee Reader; Making a Promised Land: Harlem in 20th-Century Photography and Film
Monica White Ndounou / Shaping the Future of African American Film: Color-Coded Economics and the Story Behind the Numbers
Miriam Petty / Stealing the Show: African American Performers and Audiences in 1930s Hollywood
Alessandra Raengo / On the Sleeve of the Visual: Race as Face Value; Critical Race Theory and Bamboozled
Charlene Regester / African American Actresses: The Struggle for Visibility, 1900-1960
TreaAndrea Russworm / Blackness is Burning: Civil Rights, Popular Culture, and the Problem of Recognition
Ellen Scott / Cinema Civil Rights
Christopher Sieving / Soul Searching: Black-Themed Cinema from the March on Washington to the Rise of Blaxploitation
Jacqueline Stewart / Migrating to the Movies: Cinema & Black Urban Modernity; LA Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema
Kristen Warner / The Cultural Politics of Colorblind TV Casting

March 25, Saturday, 9 am-3 pm. Sanity for Working Mothers -Kill the Chaos. Hyatt Place, 2225 S. Harper. RSVP

March 25, Saturday, 9:30 am -4:30 pm. Discussion: Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World. Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park, 312 747-0511. Includes exhibit of people and orgnizations dedicated to finding a path to lasting peace. Soka Gakkai International USA.

March 25, Saturday, 10 am-3pm. Red Cross Blood Drive- really needed now. Church of Jesus Christ, Latter Day Saints, 5200 S. University.

March 25, Saturday, 10 am-noon. Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park West, 312 801-2100. #HashTagLunchBag. Assemble packages for the needy while listening to DJs.

March 25, Saturday, 10 am. Annual St. Thomas Apostle Ladies' Auxiliary Prayer Breakfast. Growing the Fruits of Mercy. 5467 S. Woodlawn.

CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER. March 25, Saturday, 10 am-1 pm. Wooded Island Workday. There is a workday for Wooded Island scheduled this Saturday, March 25th at 10:00. We’re going to have a load of mulch dropped off tomorrow so that we can re-mulch the center path. The weather prediction now is not good for Saturday but hopefully it will change. If we cancel I will notify everyone by Thursday night. Otherwise please keep it on your schedule. The mulch will be on the west side where the new road intersects with the crushed stone path (about midway north and south from the two bridges). If it doesn’t rain it could be warmer at least. Jerry

MOVED TO APRIL 1, 10 AM (ALONG WITH CLEANUP) March 25, Satuday, 2-4 pm. Play Date in the Cornell Park Nature Play Space, 5485 S. Cornell.

March 26, Sunday, 3 pm. 57th St. Books, 1301 E. 57th St. 773 684-1300. Craig Hodges, Long Shot. With Bill Ayers. As a member of the 1992 world-champion Chicago Bulls, a dashiki-clad Hodges delivered a handwritten letter to President George H. W. Bush demanding that he do more to address racism and economic inequality. Hodges was also a vocal union activist.

March 26, Sunday, 3 pm. Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn, 773 752-4381. Richard Sobel, Citizenship as a Foundtion of Rights.

March 27, Monday, 6 pm. Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn, 773 752-4381. Homas Frank discusses Listen, Liberal. Hailed as “the most prescient book” of the year, Listen, Liberal accurately described what ailed the Democratic Party even before the election of 2016 made their weaknesses obvious.

March 27- NO Cornell Park meeting- next April 24.

March 28, Tuesday, 6 pm. 5th Ward Monthly Aldermanic Meeting. Tonight at Carey Temple, 7157 S. Greenwood.

March 28, Tuesday, 6 pm. Elm Park Advisory Council meets at Nichols fieldhouse, 1355 E. 55th St.

March 29, Wednesday, 12 pm. -- EPIC: A Discussion With Adam Sieminski: "The Energy Outlook In An Era Of Change". Saieh 146, 5757 S. University.

March 29, Wednesday, 6 pm. Guided tour of Correct Opinons exhibit at Arts Incubator, 301 E. Garfield.

March 29, Wednesday, 12:30 pm. Personal Strategic Development for Nonprofit Leaders. U of C Community Accelerator, 5225 S. Cottage Grove. Inquire and register at

March 30, Thursday, 4:30 pm. C. Nichole Mason on Born Right, A Young Firls Journey fdorm Nothing to Something in America. 5733 S. University.

March 30, Thursday, 6 pm. DuSable Museum, 740 E. 56th Pl, 773 947-0600. Women in Tech speacker Series: Amplifiers of Community Voice. Panel with Andrea Hart, Aviva Rosman, Tiana Epps-Johnson; mini hackathon. RSVP

March 31, Friday, 6 pm. Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn, 773 752-1300. Jennifer Scappettone discusses The Republic of Exit 43: Outtakes & Scores from an Archaeology and Pop-Up Opera of the Corporate Dump.

April 1, Saturday, 9 am. Cornell Park workday. Followed at 10 am by Nature Space Play Date- kids and families are introduced to using the natural materials and structures, search for bugs et al, make art....

April 1, Satuday, 10 am-. Washington Park Community Summit. Burke School, 5356 S. King Dr.

April 1, Saturday, 1 pm. Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell, 773 324-5520. Read/Write Library Workshop: Why We Ask and Who We Ask.
In this 45 minute workshop, participants will discuss the role of libraries and other institutional keepers of knowledge and explore simple approaches to transferring that authority to their own communities by challenging and adding to the record. We will generate questions about Chicago, neighborhoods, schools, or whatever line of local inquiry participants choose, and work together to compile potential sources. Participants can either take their questions with them to do their own research, or leave their questions in the Q & A card exchange for others to check out and research. In conjunction with PUBLIC SCHOOL.

April 1, Saturday, 1 pm. HP Older Women's League. Treasure Island lower level, 1526 E. 55th St. April 1, Saturday, 2-5 pm. Logan Family Saturdays. Garden Art. Workshops, crafts, entert. 915 E. 60th St.

April 1, Saturday, 2-5 pm. Logan Family Saturdays. Garden Art. Workshops, crafts, entert. 915 E. 60th St.

April 1, Saturday, 5 pm. Rats, Roaches and Resistance- Housing Activism films with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor. 5733 S. University.

April 1, Saturday, 5:30 pm. Fundraiser- Hyde Park School of Dance. Id aNoyes, 1212 E. 59th St.

April 1, Saturday, time? Fundraiser- Strive tutoring at Hyde Park Bank lobby April 1 (includes dinner and entertainment)- visit and register at

April 2, Sunday, 3 pm. UChicago Presents. Music Across Genres. Roomful of Teeth- Mining the exprssive potential of rthe human voice. Chicago debut. Ted Hearne's Coloring Book Midwest premiere. Program is built around a white composer's setting of texts by Zora Neale Hurston, Claudia Rankine, and James Baldwin reflecting on their blackness- and exploring the potential of the human voice. Includes Caroline Shaw's "Partita".$35, 5. Logan, 915 E. 60th St. (another says it's at Mandel - check Chicago Presents.)

April 3, 4-7 pm. One on One with Ald. King at Kilwins, 5226 S. Harper.

?April5, Wednesday, 6:30 pm. Midway Plaisance Advisory Council aa th skating rink house.

April 6, Thursday, 5:30-7:30 pm. Monthly HP Chamber of Commerce Networking Check In. This month at Community Accelerator, 5225 S. Cottage Grove.

April 6, Thursday, 7 pm. Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference monthly board meeting. Treasure Island lower level, 1526 E. 55th St.

April 8, Saturday, 9 am-noon. Bobolink Meadow workday in Jackson Park.

April 8, Saturday, 9 am-noon. 4thWard Shredathon at Lake Meadows, 35th and Rhodes.

April 10, Monday, 7 pm. Jackson Park Advisory Council at the fieldhouse, 6401 S. Stony Island.

April 13, Thursday, 7 pm. Nichols Park Advisory Council at the rfieldhouse, 1355 E. 53rd St.

April 17, Monday, 4-7 pm. One on One with Ald. King at P Berry Kafy, 3428 S. King.

April 18, Tuesday, 6 pm. Coalition for a Community Benefits Agreement public meeting at Hyde Park Academy, 6220 S. Stony Island.

April 22, Sunday. Earth Day- all kinds of activities and workdays, especially in parks. Sign up information coming.

May 3, Wednesday. Racing the International: American Empire. While the United States has long represented itself as an anti-imperial nation, its origins as an expanding settler colony, its forays into colonial rule abroad and its contemporary position as the hegemonic global power index the contours of an American empire. This panel will explore the relationship between domestic racial formations and imperialism abroad.
A panel discussion featuring: Daniel Immerwahr (Northwestern University) Jeanne Morefield (Whitman College) and Aziz Rana (Cornell Law School). 5733 S. University.

Mission of the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference

The purpose of the Conference is to attend to the civic needs of the community; work toward an attractive, secure, diverse, and caring community; and to promote participation of residents, businesses, institutions, and organizations in programs and activities that advance the interests and concerns of the community. It serves the community as a watchdog, independent voice, and clearing house in the community's ongoing conversation and decisions about those matters which affect and define community life.