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THE 24th annual Black Women’s Expo, “the longest-running exposition of its kind for African American consumers,” returns to Chicago April 6-8 at McCormick Place Chicago. During the three-day exposition, which began in Chicago and has expanded to other cities as part of its national tour, features a wide range of notable speakers in more than 30 seminars, top musical artists and a marketplace for corporations and small business exhibitors to appeal to the African American consumer. Among the celebrities appearing at this year’s Expo will be recording artist Johnny Gill, actress Kimberly Elise, rapper Remy Ma, gospel star Latice Crawford and Basketball Wives star Tami Roman. For tickets and more information go to www.eventbrite.com and www.theblackwomensexpo.com.
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The Black Women's Expo 2018
THE Second City e.t.c.’s 42nd Revue continues through July 20 at the legendary venue, which launched the careers of renowned comics such as Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner and John Belushi. The cast includes returning ensemble members Sayjal Joshi, Andrew Knox, Alan Linic and Jasbir Singh Vazquez, who are joined by new members Katie Kershaw and Emily Fightmaster. The musical director is Jacob Shuda. Anneliese Toft, Second City Touring Company director, will direct her first resident company revue. The all-new show features original sketches, songs and improvised scenes that could propel the comics to higher levels in entertainment. For more information, go to www.secondcity.com.
Julia Sweeney's One-Woman Show
FORMER Saturday Night Live star Julia Sweeney will present her one-woman show, “Julia Sweeney: Older and Wider,” at The Second City from April 24 through May 30. Sweeney’s first-ever stand-up show will highlight the skills she exhibited on Saturday Night Live as a cast member from 1990 to 1995. "It turns out I had to do five years on SNL to make it to The Second City, and that’s all right with me! This is truly a dream come true,” Sweeney says. “I’d always considered myself a comedic monologist, but it occurred to me that I was so close to doing stand-up that I should just take that step... My show is observational and strewn with funny stories. I’m older and, yes, a wee bit wider, but I think you’ll laugh and have a good time.” The schedule for her show is as follows: Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 8 p.m., April 24-May 30; Saturdays and Sundays at 4 p.m., April 29-May 27.
FOUR-TIME Grammy Award-winner Keb’ Mo’ brings his skills as a singer, guitarist and songwriter for three shows at City Winery on April 26 and 27 (two shows). Currently enjoying the success of his Grammy-winning album TajMo, which unites him with the legendary Taj Mahal, the Nashville resident will highlight a blues style that has been influenced by folk, jazz, rock, pop and country music. During the past 20 years, Keb’ Mo’, based on his live and studio performances, has been added to the list of modern masters of American roots music. For tickets and more information, go to www.citywinery.com.
The Second City e.t.c.'s 42nd Revue