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“We want to give folks a fun night out. Everyone needs a break from time to time,” explains, Kelly Williams, Executive Producer of Gorilla Tango Burlesque which has reduced its prices from $35 to $25.

“So many people we know are starting families, building businesses or starting new careers right now—and having enough money left over to buy theater tickets can be difficult to impossible. As the mother of a 3-year-old, I know how much I need to get out, spend time with my husband—and laugh along with some other grown-ups!”

The price reduction is effective immediately on the theater’s burlesque parodies of Batman, Star Trek and the Star Wars series which are performed at the Bucktown space on 1919 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago. For more information, visit www.gorillatango.com.

This summer, Thodos Dance ensemble members John Cartwright, Annie Deutz, Tenley Dorrill, Kyle Hadenfeldt, Brandon Harneck, Jon Sloven, Alissa Tollefson, Diana Winfree and Lauren Zimmerer will choreograph their own pieces during the New Dances series (July 18-20) at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts on 1016 N. Dearborn Street in Chicago. Tickets ($10-$35) are available at www.thodosdancechicago.org and at 312-266-6255.

There’s no charge to see the dance performances at this summer’s 8th annual Chicago Dancing Festival (August 20-23). Co-produced by choreographer Lar Lubovitch and dancer Jay Franke, the festival presents ballet, modern and hip-hop companies. All events are free, however tickets (limit two per order) for indoor performances are required via reservations at the respective venue.

On July 8, tickets for the August 20 program at the Harris Theater are available in person at the box office on 205 E. Randolph Drive, or by phone at 312-334-7777. On July 9, tickets for the August 22 programs at the Museum of Contemporary Art are available in person at the box office on 220 E. Chicago Avenue, or phone at 312-397-4010. Any empty seats or tickets unclaimed at 15 minutes prior to curtain time will be released to those in a Stand-by line.

All seating is general admission. No tickets are needed for the outdoor Pritzker Pavilion events. For details, visit www.chicagodancingfestival.com.

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