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Upcoming: Paula Poundstone; Blue Man; Hunter Valentine; Pride plays; Dancers

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Paula Poundstone in Skokie March 19

The North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, will welcome comedian Paula Poundstone on Saturday, March 19, at 8 p.m.

Her most recent comedy CD, I HEART JOKES: Paula Tells Them in Boston was recorded during a performance at the Wilbur Theatre in the heart of the city and was released on April Fool's Day 2013. This was a follow-up to her successful first CD I HEART JOKES: Paula Tells Them in Maine, which was released in 2009. Poundstone is also a regular panelist on NPR's weekly news quiz show Wait, Wait ... Don't Tell Me.

Tickets are $45-$52; visit .

Blue Man Group's 'Three' out April 22

Blue Man Group will release its third studio album, Three, on Friday, April 22, as the act marks its 25th year.

Three, featuring 14 instrumental tracks, will be available from Rhino on CD ( $13.98 ) as well as on a digital format. "Giacometti," the first single from the new album, is available now as an instant download when pre-ordering Three from participating digital retailers, or it can be purchased separately.


Hunter Valentine March 18

Hunter Valentine "So Long For Now Tour" All-girl outfit known for VH1's Make Or Break: The Linda Perry Project and The Real L Word reality shows. Launching their EP, The Pledge, and touring for a last hoorah before hiatus. 8:00pm Reggie's Rock Club, 2105 S. State, Chicago 312-949-0120 Tickets: .

Dance COLEctive's 'Revelry' through March 20

The Dance COLEctive ( TDC ) celebrates 20 years with Revelry/20 Years, a concert series March 11—13 and 18-20 at Links Hall at Constellation, 3111 N. Western Ave.

The program comprises premieres, works by current and former company members and reconstructed repertory by alumni and special guests.

TDC has commissioned San Francisco-based choreographer Margaret Jenkins to create a solo work for Cole. Former TDC company member Madelyn Doyle's Harsh Harmonies will also be part of the program; also, Doyle plans to set a revised excerpt of Cole's 2015 TDC premiere Creative Candor on her Repertory Dance Ensemble students from Riverside Brookfield High School, which they will perform during the second weekend of TDC's anniversary concert series.

Shannon Edwards, in her seventh season with TDC, presents her work There There ( 2009 ). The Second Line, by former dancer Katie Petrunich, is a celebratory manifestation inspired by New Orleans jazz funeral proceedings. Lastly, the program also includes two duets from Cole's 2001 TDC work Reel to Real, with alternating casts of current and alumni dancers performing each weekend.

General admission is $20, and $15 for students and seniors; visit or call 773-281-0824 .

Pride Films names contest finalists

Four new LGBTQ+ plays and one musical have emerged as finalists in Pride Films and Plays' 2016 Great Gay Play and Musical Contest.

They come from writers across the United States, and were selected by a reading team from across the country.

The finalists are:

—All-American Boy, by Donald Gecewicz

—Another Horatio Alger Story, by Jason Jacobs

—Spectacular Brown, by Brian Pracht

—TBD ( To Be Determined ), by Paul Elliott

—A Woman Onstage, book and lyrics by Stephen deGhelder, music by Brad Simmons

Those five scripts will be performed as enhanced staged readings at the Center on Halsted's Hoover-Leppen, 3656 N. Halsted St., on April 22-24. A performance schedule and slate of directors will be announced soon.

Tickets for the event are pay-what-you-can ( $10 suggested ); visit or 800-737-0984.

Harris gala event with Morris April 5

The Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph St., will host the gala event "Imagine the Celebration," which will be held on Tuesday, April 5.

The internationally renowned Mark Morris Dance Group and Music Ensemble will headline the evening with a performance of Dido and Aeneas. It will take place at 8 p.m.

The evening will celebrate the completion of the first phase of the "Imagine" campaign that made the renovation and expansion of the public space of the Harris Theater possible.

Tickets are $125-$250 each; visit or

Chicago Dancers Union event April 21

Chicago Dancers Union ( CDU ) will honor Randy Duncan, Harrison McEldowney, and Jeremy Plummer & The Dance on Thursday, April 21, at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St., 6-9 p.m.

CDU mobilizes Chicago's dance community to support organizations and dance community professionals dealing with critical health issues—including but not limited to HIV/AIDS—through dance.

Admission is $25-$125; visit

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