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Madea's Farewell Play Tour 
George Clinton's 'Retirement' Tour
DURING February, The Second City celebrates Black History Month with a special engagement that features memorable scenes written and created by the theater’s celebrated African American alumni, including Keegan-Michael Key, Sam Richardson, Amber Ruffin and more. The current group of Second Ctiy’s performers step into the spotlight to take center stage. "Audiences will be surprised to see that material created by our alumni is even more relevant and topical now," said Donna Griffin-Irons, show producer and The Second City's Director of Diversity and Inclusion. "This show is a timeless treasure and reason to celebrate our alumni during Black History Month." The Second City's Black History Month Show will be performed on Wednesdays, February 14, 21 and 28 at 8 p.m. at The Second City e.t.c. Theater, located at 230 W North Avenue. Tickets are priced at $20, are available at The Second City Box Office (230 W. North Avenue, First Floor, Piper's Alley), by phone at 312-337-3992 or online at www.secondcity.com.
Ron White's 'Blue Collar Comedy Tour'
The Second City and Black History Month 
THE inimitable George Clinton, who has been at the forefront of the group Parliament-Funkadelic, will kick off his “One Nation Under a Groove Tour” this spring, representing, he says, his final performance with the iconic group. The tour arrives in Chicago on May 31 at the Aragon Ballroom. Now approaching his 78th birthday and after more than 50 years of traveling from city to city on tour buses, Clinton says he planned to step away a while ago and has referred to his “retirement” as “coming right on time.” Parliament-Funkadelic are the ultimate funk band who have produced hit albums such as Maggot BrainMothership Connection and the tour’s title One Nation Under a Groove. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. Ticket sales for the tour recently began. For more information, go to www.georgeclinton.com.
DESCRIBED as “one of the charter members of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour,” Ron White brings his stand-up show to the Chicago Theatre on February 22 to share some of his hilarious real-life stories. Widely known by his nickname “Tater Salad,” White is the author of I Had the Right to Remain Silent But I didn’t Have the Ability, and––like comedians Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy and Bill Engvall––he has released popular comedy albums and has enjoyed success in film and television.
THE four-month, nationwide "Madea’s Farewell Play Tour" has begun and Tyler Perry’s Madea character will make her final appearance on a Chicago stage from March 7-10 at the Arie Crown Theater. Known as a rowdy but no-nonsense figure, Madea made her debut in 2002 and this represents Perry’s 21st stage play as the tough and humorous character. Alongside Perry will be co-stars Tamela MannDavid Mann and Cassi Davis Patton. In reference to retiring Madea, Perry, an influential filmmaker and founder of Tyler Perry Studios, said, “I just don’t want to be her age playing her.” The tour is scheduled to end at New York’s Radio City Music Hall in late May. For more information, go to www.ariecrown.com.