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Benefit Mon May 14 2012

Comedy For A Cause: Chicago Comedians and Musicians Come Together

Travis.jpgTravis Dow moved to Chicago in 2001 to pursue music and acting. He quickly joined the acclaimed Katie Todd Band as lead guitarist and vocalist. In 2003, Travis enrolled in Chicago's I.O. (formerly ImprovOlympic) and eventually performed with two of their Harold teams: Pestering Chester and Captain Sweatpants. Later, he enrolled in ComedySportz's training center and eventually performed for their BattleProv program.

In February, Travis received a diagnosis of Burkitt's Lymphoma, a rare type of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. Burkitt's is highly aggressive, but responds well to very intensive treatment. Travis is currently undergoing such treatment at City Of Hope in LA.

Even with the help of moderate health insurance, their expenses are overwhelming. Therefore, the music and comedy communities of Chicago are stepping up to help.

The Travis Dow Benefit will be held on Friday, May 18 at 8pm at Uncommon Ground Edgewater, 1401 W. Devon Ave.

Scheduled performers include Music from Katie Todd, The Damn Hoovers and Al Rose, and improv from Jeff Hedges, Nick Johne, Scott Levy, Mike Meyers, Laura Schneider Lazzara, Sarah Pfouts Sullivan, Kieran Sullivan and Kat Timmons.

A $15 donation at the door gets you an evening full of fantastic entertainment. You can view the facebook event here for more information. If you are unable to attend, but would like to contribute, you can visit the Support Travis Dow webpage here.

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Architecture Tue Nov 03 2015

Paul Goldberger Describes the "Pragmatism and Poetry" of Frank Gehry's Architecture in His New Book

By Nancy Bishop

Architecture critic Paul Goldberger talks about Frank Gehry's life and work in a new book.
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Steve at the Movies Fri Jan 01 2016

Best Feature Films & Documentaries of 2015

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