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The annual summer Bronzeville Comedy Showcase returns this summer to Bronzeville’s Blanc Gallery on 4445 S. Martin Luther King Drive. Presented by Vocalo, the outdoor event features diverse comedians who try out their material at 7 p.m. every other Wednesday from July 16 to August 27. “I have been doing this show for seven years now, and it’s always one of the best places to see comedy,” says the program’s emcee comedian Brian Babylon. “We decided last year to move the show to a bigger venue to accommodate the large crowd that has made this the best summertime comedy showcase. The Blanc Gallery is a swanky art space with a large outdoor area that takes this comedy show to the next level. This is gearing up to be the best summer to date.” A cash bar is available. For more information, visit www.blancchicago.com.

Whiskey Wry Productions pokes fun at the world of advertising in its original sketch comedy show Selling Out which performs at 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays (July 19-26, August 2-9). Tickets ($15) can be purchased at gorillatango.com/bucktown or by calling 773-598-4549. All performances take place at Gorilla Tango Bucktown on 1919 N. Milwaukee Avenuw in Chicago.

Gorilla Tango Burlesque’s A Nude Hope, A Star Wars Burlesque celebrates its third anniversary on July 5 with 20% off to all Nude Hope performances throughout the month of July. To redeem the discount for the 18-and-over show, use the code: happybirthday2014 when ordering online at www.gorillatango.com/nudehope.

Emmy Award-winner Jane Lynch will host Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 60th Anniversary Concert on November 1 Chicago’s at the Civic Opera House.“I am thrilled that Jane Lynch will be hosting our gala,” noted Lyric Opera creative consultant Renée Fleming. “As all of America knows by now, she is a comedic genius, and I can’t wait to see her dry wit and impeccable timing on the Lyric stage!” Tickets for the fall event are available to subscribers at lyricopera.org. For more information, visit lyricopera.org/anniversaryconcert.

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