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    Arts

    Public Pool mans up with "Beer, Bacon and Bullets"

    Nov. 21, 2014, 11:10 a.m., Posted by rsharp

    Artist Alexander Buzzalini mounting his piece "Good Bye, Old Paint." Public Pool hosted a playful investigation of several hallmarks of traditional masculinity with "Beer, Bacon and Bullets," a three-man show featuring the work of Alexander Buzzalini, Angelo Conti and Matthew Hunt. "California...

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    Communities

    University-community engagement is a two-way street

    Nov. 21, 2014, 11 a.m., Posted by Sandy Smith


    Not all neighborhoods around the University of Chicago want the same amount of engagement with campus police. (AP Photo/Stacie Freudenberg)

    This post is cross-posted with permission from Next City.

    How can urban “anchor institutions” — colleges, universities, hospitals and other major institutions that are rooted in a specific place — strengthen their communities?

    One parking lot at a time.

    Midtown Detroit President Susan Mosey spent much of 2014 persuading her neighborhood’s major employers, Wayne State University, Henry Ford Health System and Detroit Medical Center, to give up one surface parking lot each for redevelopment in a neighborhood where eliminating surface parking is a major catalyst for community revitalization. The panelists at Next City’s City Sessions panel on “The University as Community” on Nov. 19th at Moore College of Art in Philadelphia had many other examples of little things that “eds and meds” and other large place-based non-profit institutions can do to hasten big change in their neighborhoods and cities. It could be something as small as offering space in an institutional building for a local bakery to set up a cafe, or shifting printing to a struggling local printer that allowed it to expand and modernize with a new $2 million printing plant (as happened in Detroit), or designing campus buildings so their main entrances open out onto city streets rather than in toward campus (a Chicago example).

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    Suzan-Lori Parks' "Topdog/Underdog" at None Too Fragile Theater

    Nov. 21, 2014, 10:45 a.m., Posted by rdurbin

    None Too Fragile Theater is noted for regularly bringing tense and darkly comic tales to the stage. It’s done it again with Suzan-Lori Parks’ “Topdog/Underdog.” The Pulitzer Prize-winning script is densely and intricately written; it requires a lot of thought once you leave the performance. That’s a good thing with...

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