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Saturday, April 29
Windy City Burlesque Fest puts on not one but three showcases of dancers from around the the United States and beyond tonight and tomorrow at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tonight's 8pm show features Seattle's Indigo Blue, the 10pm show features Chicago's own Michelle L'Amour, and the midnight show features LA's Lux LaCroix. Tickets are $20, available online or at the door. A $100 festival pass gets you into all six shows.
Sean Flannery's one-man show, Never Been to Paris, follows up a sold-out run last fall with a second run this spring at the Chicago Center for Performing Arts, 777 N. Green St. Catch him every Friday in March and April at 9pm; tickets are $12 and can be purchased here. Read an interview with Flannery in A/C.
St. Patrick's Day extends through Friday as The Tossers play an 18-and-over show at the Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., tonight. William Elliot Whitmore, Shot Baker and The Great Whiskey Project open. Doors are at 8pm, show starts at 9pm. Tickets are $16 at the door. More info here.
The series known as Mortified, in which willing participants get onstage and read real diary entries, letters, poetry, and other ephemera from their youth returns to the Beat Kitchen tonight (2100 W. Belmont). With chapters in Chicago, L.A., NY, Boston, Austin, San Francisco, Berkeley, DC, Portland, and even Malmo, Sweden, the series draws people into it's so-bad-it's-good aesthetic with the punch of recognition that we all share when faced with the trials and tribulations of people who were once young and angst-ridden. Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 7:30pm, seating is first come, first served. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door, for info or tickets visit Beat Kitchen or Mortified.
As half of their sketch comedy duo heads to New York, Teenager of the Year is having one last hurrah at The Playground. The show is at 10 pm at The Playground (3209 N. Halsted). Tickets are $10 and The Playground is BYOB.
The next meeting of likemind, the monthly gathering of creative people, happens this morning from 8am to 10am at Argo Tea at 140 S Dearborn. The event is free and open to the public. For more information follow @likemindchicago on Twitter, join the likemind Chicago group on Facebook, or see likemindchicago.com.