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“Juno”

RECOMMENDED Where: TimeLine Theatre Company, 615 W. Wellington Ave. When: through July 27 Tickets: $35-$48 Phone: 773-281-8463 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Watching the Chicago premiere of “Juno” at TimeLine Theatre Company, it isn’t hard to figure out why composer-lyricist Marc Blitzstein and writer Joseph Stein’s musical based on Sean O’Casey’s 1924 play “Juno and(…)

A trip to South Shore, a journey through the Planets

A trip to South Shore, a journey through the Planets

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Summer in Chicago is a time of free outdoor enjoyment. For classical music lovers, the main venues are Millennium Park and Ravinia. But the South Shore Cultural Center has already had some splendid offerings at no charge. Last week, the Grant Park Orchestra traveled to the South Shore Cultural(…)

Afrofuturism, drones and urban blight at the Logan Center

Afrofuturism, drones and urban blight at the Logan Center

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Blocks from the University of Chicago Law School, where President Barack Obama once lectured, an art installation by saxophonist David Boykin is exploring one of the Hyde Parker’s most controversial strategies to combat terrorism: drones. Set in a room of the first floor of the Logan Center, 915 E. 60th(…)

IIT students propose Obama Library on a wider Garfield Boulevard

IIT students propose Obama Library on a wider Garfield Boulevard

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The architecture students at the Illinois Institute of Technology recently used the possibility of an Obama Presidential Library as a teaching opportunity. Marshall Brown, associate professor of architecture, led a class in the spring semester where students chose a location for the library and designed a space to fit within(…)

Harold Washington Park advisory council forming

Harold Washington Park advisory council forming

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Harold Washington Park Advisory Council held its inaugural meeting Monday night, July 7, at the Del Prado building, 5307 S. Hyde Park Blvd. While not enough volunteers arrived to elect an advisory board, Timika Hoffman-Zoller said she hopes to see more neighbors at the next meeting. The committee discussed(…)

New committee, position at U. of C. may signal tougher sex assault stance

New committee, position at U. of C. may signal tougher sex assault stance

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago’s revised sexual misconduct policy went into effect on July 1. The new approach creates a university-wide disciplinary committee for allegations of student sexual assault or unlawful discrimination. Previously cases were handled by the dean of students. If further disciplinary action was deemed necessary, a committee from(…)

Ald. Will Burns shifts support to $13 minimum wage amid “Fight for 15″ campaign

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A mayor-appointed task force co-chaired by Ald. Will Burns (4th) has called for a $13 minimum wage in Chicago. Since its May formation, the 17-member Minimum Wage Working Group has held five public hearings and reviewed studies detailing the impacts of raising the city’s $8.25 minimum wage. Last Tuesday the(…)

Summer concerts return to Nichols Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The George Franklin Memorial Summer Sunday Concert Series has kicked off its 20th annual program in Nichols Park, 1355 E. 53rd St. The concerts, which began last weekend, will continue to take place at the park from 2 to 4 p.m. every Sunday through Sept. 14. Although the series has(…)