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Second City-trained director bringing improv back to Hyde Park

Second City-trained director bringing improv back to Hyde Park

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Improvisational performer and software development executive Dan Friedrich recently purchased office space at East Park Tower. The space will serve as both a software company and an improv theater, said Friedrich. The 4,000-square-foot space, which he has named the “Silicon Gargoyle,” is located on the ground floor of the(…)

Advocates say U. of C. can afford trauma center, presidential library

Advocates say U. of C. can afford trauma center, presidential library

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Some South Siders would like to see the University of Chicago have the Barack Obama Presidential Library, but want a trauma care center first. Advocates on the South Side of Chicago have been lobbying the university to add a Level 1 adult trauma care center to its medical center since(…)

Kenwood Academy hires new basketball coach

Kenwood Academy hires new basketball coach

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Marlo Finner is the new head basketball coach of Kenwood Academy High School. Finner replaced coach Jim Maley, who was terminated from the position, amidst parent protest, in March. Finner became head basketball coach at Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., on April 24. Before coming to Kenwood, Finner was(…)

Private funds being raised for Army’s Corps’ $5-10M Jackson Park rehab

Private funds being raised for Army’s Corps’ $5-10M Jackson Park rehab

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Key details about the cost and funding of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) planned restoration of Jackson Park were shared at a public meeting last week. Community members met with representatives from the USACE and Chicago Park District (CPD) last Tuesday to hear about and discuss their five-year,(…)

U. of C. seeks to raise funds ahead of major projects

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago formally launched the largest fundraising campaign in its history last week. The U. of C. plans to raise $4.5 billion before the end of the decade. President Robert Zimmer will stay on through 2019, the university said in a press release. The U. of C. has(…)

Review: “The Sound of Music”

Where: Lyric Opera of Chicago, Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive When: through May 25 Tickets: $29-$199 Phone: 312-332-2244 By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic The 1965 movie “The Sound of Music,” starring Julie Andrews, is one of the greatest musicals ever put on film. Millions of people who have seen the screen version(…)

Review: “The Sound of Music”

RECOMMENDED Where: Lyric Opera of Chicago, Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive When: through May 25 Tickets: $29-$199 Phone: 312-332-2244 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic I had very high hopes for “The Sound of Music,” the second annual installment in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s five-part American Musical Theater Initiative. After all, the resources available(…)

Hyde Park Garden Fair returns

The Hyde Park Garden Fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, May 16, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, at the shopping plaza by Treasure Island. The 55th annual garden fair will split its profits. Forty percent of the profits will be donated to the(…)