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Vision for change

An illustration from Visions for Chicago. Residents were asked, "What is your vision for Chicago?"


Illustrating the future

Music, snacks and a mayoral tutorial will enliven a book release party tonight at Jane Addams Hull-House Museum for Visions for Chicago, a political public art project staged in front yards, vacant lots and other locations during the 2011 mayoral and city council elections.

From Nov. 2 to April 1, blank signs were distributed to selected Chicago residents and students at Orr High School; other signs were placed in public spaces throughout the city.

The assignment: answer the question, "What is your vision for Chicago?"

Photos of the signs and the sign-makers were assembled in a book, organized by Daniel Tucker with photography by Lauren Cumbia and Hillary Strack.

The book release party, 6 to 8 p.m., will include music by Alex Han with Mark Shipley on accordion, a “Mayoral Tutorial Quiz” by Don Washington and readings by several book contributors.

For more information email visionsforchicago@gmail.com


Alumni back on the boards

A group of theater alumni calling themselves the Old World Theatre Company will present Peter Shaffer's "Black Comedy" this weekend and next, directed by the company's founder, long-time theater professor William Raffeld.

The play will be presented May 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28 at 8 p.m. and May 22 at 2:30 p.m. at the UIC Theatre, 1044 W. Harrison St.
The one-act play is set in a London apartment where the power has failed. It begins with a darkened stage that lights up only after the electricity goes out.

Brindley, a sculptor engaged to a debutante, has borrowed his neighbor's antique furniture without permission to impress his fiancee's father and an elderly millionaire coming to view his artwork. The power goes out, the neighbor comes home early and Brindley's ex-mistress shows up unexpectedly.

Admission is $20 general public, $15 UIC theater alumni and students $10. For information or to reserve tickets, call 312-857-8487.


Listen up

The division of audiology will offer free hearing screenings next week for Better Hearing Month.

The screenings will be available May 23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in C100 Hospital, and May 26 9 a.m. to noon in the audiology department, Suite B46 Eye and Ear Infirmary.

For more information, call 312-996-6522 or email hearing@uic.edu


Summer session begins

Classes for summer session begin today for the four-week courses that continue through June 10.

The eight-week session follows, June 13 through Aug. 5.

The sessions have classes that end before 11 a.m., or start after 4 p.m., as well as some offered online.

More than 50 classes are offered in a variety of subjects, including science, business, languages, engineering, education and health professions.

Deadline to register for the eight-week session is June 3. For more information, call 312-996-9099 or 800-625-2013 or email summer@uic.edu


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