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U. of C. summer program changes rile alumni

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Some University of Chicago students are petitioning against changes to a competitive internship program that focuses on community building. Michelle Obama founded Summer Links when she was University Community Service Center (UCSC) director in 1997. This year it began working with Metcalf internships under the Career Advancement department, a move(…)

Revels return

Revels return

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Quadrangle Club Revels will take place again this year, at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31, and Saturday, Feb. 1, at the perennial play’s namesake venue, at 1155 E. 57th St. This year’s production, “Sweet Dreams: A Winter’s Tale of Spring,” was written by local author Ted Fishman and(…)

Baroque Band delights

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Neither snow nor cold kept the Augustana Lutheran Church from hosting a large crowd Saturday night. Baroque Band has that kind of audience. Englishman Ian Watson was the guest director and harpsichordist for a program titled “Under the Influence,” which featured a fascinating collection of baroque gems. Conducting from(…)

Review: “Our Country’s Good”

Review: “Our Country’s Good”

RECOMMENDED Where: Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. When: through Feb. 22 Tickets: $30 Phone: 773-975-8150 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic In his program notes for Shattered Globe Theatre’s commendable production of “Our Country’s Good,” director Roger Smart calls Timberlake Wertenbaker’s 1988 Olivier award-winning play, adapted from Thomas Keneally’s novel The(…)

Being part of the solution

We are disappointed but not altogether surprised at the decision by Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) to suspend her experiment in participatory budgeting. While she cites expense, we cannot help but wonder whether the handful of voters who bothered to take advantage of her offer to help select budget priorities for the ward was anything approaching what(…)

False alarm at Metra station brings out police

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Metra service was briefly halted at the 53rd Street station Thursday when a suspicious object was reported. Chicago Police News Affairs said a suspicious object was reported at 1500 E. 53rd St., around 11:30 a.m. The bomb squad determined that it was not a threat and service resumed approximately an(…)

Robbery at Open Produce last week

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Open Produce, 1635 E. 55th St., was robbed at gunpoint last week. Chicago Police News Affairs said three African American men between the ages of 18 and 20 years old entered the grocer around 11 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14. Two of the offenders displayed handguns and announced a robbery.(…)

Robie needs guides

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Frank Lloyd Trust is seeking volunteers to act as tour guides at the Robie House. Volunteer resource manager Linda Bonifas-Guzman said they are looking for 12 to 15 prospective volunteers, who can commit four hours a month, for six months. Volunteers will lead tours at the Robie House, 5757(…)