Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival, Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont, Chicago: Applications may be submitted through Tuesday, Oct. 15 at www.chicagosketchfest.com/applications. Appropriate for groups ages 13 and up. Over the past 12 years, the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival has garnered international attention, attracting more than 10,000 performers and audiences annually from around the world. The event celebrates the best in local, national and international sketch comedy and will run Jan. 9-19, 2014. The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival debuted in January 2002, with 33 local Chicago Sketch Comedy groups gathering together to perform their craft. The event was met with overwhelming success and has now grown to the largest sketch comedy festival in the nation, hosting close to 150 groups (about 1,000 artists) performing 170 shows in eight days to an average of 10,000 patrons. Over the course of the two weeks, Stage 773 transforms into a sketch comedy oasis, with the entire building featuring simultaneous performances in all four theater spaces. The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival invites comedians from around the world perform in an atmosphere of celebration, collaboration and community.
"The Color Purple," Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N Southport Ave.: Now through Sunday, Oct. 27. This Broadway musical is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker. Spanning four decades and two continents, "The Color Purple" is an epic, profoundly uplifting family saga that tells the unforgettable story of a woman who finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discover her unique voice in the world. With a joyous Grammy- nominated score featuring gospel, jazz, pop and the blues, "The Color Purple" is a hopeful testament to the healing power of love and a triumphant celebration of life. The performance schedule: 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. Group discounts of up to 50 percent are available for groups of 10 or more by calling Tami at Group Theater Tix at (312) 423-6612 or (866) 809-3075. Individual tickets range from $22-$59, and are available online at www.MercuryTheaterChicago.com, over the phone at (773) 325-1700, or in person at 3745 N. Southport Ave., Chicago.
"The Odd Couple (female version)," Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Preview Thursday, Oct. 17; opens Friday, Oct. 18, and runs through Sunday, Nov. 10. Ticket prices range from $20 for students/seniors and groups to $28 for general admission. For tickets, call the Greenhouse Theater Box Office at (773) 404-7336 or visit greenhousetheater.org.
The Apollo Chorus, Apostolic Church of God, 6320 S. Dorchester, Chicago: 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3. A diverse "Music in the Neighborhood" Concert will kick off the Apollo Chorus's historic 142nd season. This free event showcases a broad variety of music, including excerpts from upcoming concerts and favorite pieces from last season. Held at the Apostolic Church of God, one of Chicago's largest, most vibrant religious and musical communities, this event is a great opportunity for first-time audiences to experience the Apollo Chorus in a historic Chicago setting.
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