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McMobil high-rise in the wrong location

To the Editor: The well-known real estate mantra, “Location, Location, Location!” clearly applies to the potential new high-rise on the McMobil site. The proposed building, three floors higher than the University Apartments on 55th Street and almost as wide, would engulf the buildings on either side — and loom over Nichols Park — without achieving(…)

Concerns about the McMobil high-rise

To the Editor: I am very concerned about the plan to build a high-rise where the Mobil station is now located on 53rd Street. Some of my reasons are as follows: 1. When open, and especially during the construction period, traffic on 53rd Street will have a serious effect on the children who attend Murray(…)

Review Splendid performance showcases the new Mandel Hall

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Mandel Hall has a spruced up new look: new carpet, paint, stenciling, seats, acoustical clouds and sprinkler system. The space has the same elegant feel as before, now accentuated with a new brightness and shine. It’s a splendid improvement on an already splendid performance space. It was in this(…)

Review “Teddy Ferrara”

VERY SLIGHTLY RECOMMENDED Where: Goodman Theatre Owen Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. When: through March 3 Tickets: $14-$45, students $10 Phone: 312-443-3800 The world premiere of Christopher Shinn‘s “Teddy Ferrara” in Goodman Theatre’s Owen Theatre raises some thought-provoking issues, but the poorly focused two-hour-and-40-minute play needs serious pruning. And despite some strong acting, the shortcomings(…)

Review “columbinus”

RECOMMENDED Where: American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron St. When: through March 10 Tickets: $38-$43 Phone: 773-409-4125 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic American Theater Company’s world premiere of the revised version of “columbinus” is a powerful documentary-style performance piece and a call to step up efforts to stop the horrible violence plaguing our schools and(…)

People’s hearing on police abuse

The Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression is organizing its Second People’s Hearing on Police Crimes, slated to take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St. Planners say the hearing “will provide a public forum where the victims of police crimes and community(…)

Schutter exhibit opened

A new exhibit, “David Schutter: Rendition,” opened last week at the Logan Center, 915 E. 60th St. The show, featuring the work of painter and University of Chicago assistant professor David Schutter, examines “the contemporary life of historical painting,” according to the the UChicago Arts website. A March 1 tour as well as a March(…)

St. Thomas to hold Monte Carlo night

St. Thomas the Apostle School’s spring fundraiser event, “Monte Carlo Night Extraordinaire,” will take place on site, 5467 S. Woodlawn Ave., from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 20. The fundraiser will feature food, music, raffles, casino games and a silent auction. Advance tickets cost $50. For more information, call St. Thomas the(…)