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U. of C. receives $10M gift to improve public schools

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Urban Education Institute (UEI) received a $10 million gift to help it continue its work in enhancing the state of urban schools in Chicago and nationwide. Chicago philanthropists Paula and James Crown committed the large monetary gift to the program to support UEI’s student achievement,(…)

Court’s Newell gains award

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Assistant to the Editor Court Theatre Artistic Director Charles Newell won the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society Foundation’s (SDCF) Zelda Finchandler Award last week. The prestigious distinction, which comes with an unrestricted $5,000 grant, is awarded by the New York City-based foundation to “an oustanding director or choreographer making an exceptional contribution(…)

Kenwood teen driving competition

Kenwood Academy High School students are rallying community members to commit to safe driving. Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., is participating in Celebrate My Drive, a State Farm-sponsored program that teaches teens how to have fun but also be responsible when driving. The program also helps schools raise money for school improvements such as enhancements(…)

Murray holds open house for community

The Murray Language Academy Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is sponsoring a community open house and Scholastic Book Fair on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 9 a.m. to noon. Murray, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave., will be open to the public to provide the community an opportunity to see the school. School administrators and PTO volunteers will be(…)

Red Line finally reopens

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer After a five-month shut down for reconstruction the south branch of the Red Line reopened Sunday. A 10.2-mile-long stretch of tracks was completely demolished, rebuilt and replaced over a five-month period that caused riders on Chicago’s South Side to reroute via Metra, Green Line or bus services all summer. The(…)

Shoesmith sports fundraiser

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Shoesmith Elementary School is partnering with The Sports Factory Foundation to host a basketball tournament in November. The tournament is a fundraiser for extra curricular activities at the school. “Peace Movement: A 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament” will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov.(…)

Review: “The Table”

Review: “The Table”

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Where: Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Navy Pier When: through Oct. 27 Tickets: $35 Phone: 312-595-5600 ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic The magic of theater is magnificently on display in “The Table,” the World’s Stage Series season opener at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Created by Great Britain’s Blind Summit Theatre, this 70-minute show(…)

Review: “The Old Man and The Old Moon”

RECOMMENDED Where: PinPen Theatre Co. at Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe When: through Nov. 10 Tickets: $35-$70 Phone: 847-242-6000 ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Imaginative storytelling and inventive stagecraft come together in the Midwest premiere of “The Old Man and The Old Moon,” PigPen Theatre Co.’s charmingly homespun play with music at Writers Theatre in(…)