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Unpacking Burns’ ideas

Editor’s note: A column by Ald. Will Burns (4th) in last week’s Herald presented three ideas to raise revenue for the city. We asked a staff member to provide further explanation about these ideas. By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul Staff Writer In Ald. Will Burns’ (4th) column in last week’s issue of the Herald, the city council(…)

SOBs shine through Baroque Band

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Baroque Band has been pleasing Chicago and particularly Hyde Park audiences since 2007. Founded by British violinist Garry Clarke, it has established itself as a fixture on the Chicago music scene. Such is its strength that it has continued without a glitch this season even with Clarke on a(…)

Review: “The Way West”

RECOMMENDED Where: Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. When: through June 8 Tickets: $20-$78 Phone: 312-335-1650 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic   To some extent, we each create the myth of our life that helps us make it through the day, and we assume that this is a relatively healthy — or(…)

Review: “Russian Transport”

RECOMMENDED Where: Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Upstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. When: through June 8 Tickets: $20-$78 Phone: 312-335-1650 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s theme for the season is “Getting Ahead: How Far Will You Go?” Keep this in mind while you’re watching Erika Sheffer’s “Russian Transport,” and you’ll have less trouble(…)

Felix Mendelssohn at First Unitarian Church this Sunday

The Adult Choir at First Unitarian Church of Chicago, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., will perform Felix Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” at 10 a.m., Sunday, May 4. Soloists include Michael Swisher, Carolyn Brady Riley, Joan Staples and Barbara Randolph. Amanda Thomas will direct.

Educator Sue Duncan’s lifelong passion as seen through the lens

Educator Sue Duncan’s lifelong passion as seen through the lens

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer A sneak preview of “Remember Me Sue,” a documentary about the life-changing work of educator Sue Duncan, was shown Thursday evening at the ShowPlace ICON Theater in the South Loop. Duncan, her family and many of her past and present pupils were in attendance to celebrate the film and(…)

University of Chicago hires new deans for college and Graham School

University of Chicago hires new deans for college and Graham School

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago appointed two new deans last week. John “Jay” Ellison will replace Susan Art as dean of the College. Mark Nemec will succeed Dan Shannon as dean of the Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies. Ellison has previously worked as an administrator at Harvard. Art(…)