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New head of U. of C. schools effort

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer John W. Gasko has been named the new chief executive officer (CEO) of UChicago Impact, the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute’s (UEI) not-for-profit arm. He will officially begin his role at the Urban Education Institute on Feb. 17. The UEI, which was founded in 2011, has created several(…)

Folkies history this Sunday

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Historical Society (HPHS) will host a presentation on the history of the University of Chicago Folk Festival this weekend. The event will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday at 5529 S. Lake Park Ave., and will feature a panel discussion with former U. of C. Folklore(…)

Looking for improved ward services

To the Editor: My name is Larry A. Green, and I am a new resident to Hyde Park. I must say that it is hard for me to understand the love affair that Hyde Parkers have with their current alderman, Will Burns. The ward does a terrible job with snow removal on the side streets(…)

Antheus greystone turnaround baffles

To the Editor: On July 10, 1892, the Chicago Tribune ran a classified ad for “one 12-room and one 16-room stone residence (new)” at 5112 and 5114 Jefferson. Jefferson Avenue was the original name for Harper Avenue, and this ad is the earliest newspaper mention of the greystone townhouses at 5510-5114 S. Harper, which Antheus Property(…)

Starting the New Year with the Old Year

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic New Year’s resolutions are about looking ahead. But the new year is also a time to try and start out afresh. With that in mind, in this week’s column I catch up on some interesting events late last year which I was unable to review in a timely manner.(…)

Review: “Tribes”

RECOMMENDED Where: Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. When: through Feb. 9 Tickets: $20-$82 Phone: 312-335-1650 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Nina Raine’s “Tribes” is a very irritating dysfunctional family drama. But in a good way. Mostly. The provocative play is about extremely intelligent British intellectuals who are obsessed with language yet(…)

Review: “Port Authority”

RECOMMENDED Where: Writers Theatre, Books on Vernon, 664 Vernon Ave., Glencoe When: through Feb. 16 Tickets: $35-$70 Phone: 847-242-6000 Conor McPherson is a superb storyteller, as anyone who has seen “The Weir,” “Dublin Carol,” “Shining City” or “The Seafarer” knows. Like his other early plays, “Port Authority,” first produced in 2001, shows off his mastery(…)

Zimmer top earning university president

University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer was the highest paid head of any U.S. private college in 2011, according to a new list. A ranking of 550 college chief executives, published last month by the Chronicle of Higher Education, shows Robert Zimmer raked in $3,358,723 that year — trouncing Columbia University President Lee Bollinger, who(…)