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Kids’ plays: a citywide drama competition shows that high school students are feeling low

When Ruth Hutton began planning Chicago’s first citywide playwriting contest for high school students, she was advised not to expect too much. “I called the Dramatists Guild,” Hutton says–the guild sponsors a similar project in New York–“and they said I’d get 70 entries tops the first year.” And when March 1, two weeks before the […]

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LEarning to teach, teaching to learn: an imaginative tutoring program for the kids of Cabrini-Green

Sixteen-year-old Latoya Dawson comes home to an apartment in Cabrini-Green after classes at Whitney Young Magnet High School. She drops off her math and biology books and picks up her handbook of teaching guidelines. Now it’s her turn to be the teacher. Dawson is one of 48 teenagers from Cabrini-Green who spend their after-school hours […]

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Coming soon: the last neighborhood foreign-language picture show?

The blue-and-yellow Cine Olympia (nee Commodore) stands on Irving Park Road just west of Sacramento. A poster advertises Superman II, the last film (circa 1982) that played here. Further west, at Austin, the Patio theater lies vacant. The marquee announces “Closed for renovation,” which the manager of another theater describes as a euphemism for “We […]