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AS part of the continuing celebration of the Auditorium Theatre’s 125th anniversary, a gala dinner and An Evening with the Roosevelts will celebrate Roosevelt University’s 70th anniversary with a one-night-only performance featuring Ed Asner performing his one-man show, FDR, and Loretta Swit performing her one-woman show, Eleanor at the Auditorium Theatre on April 10. Asner, known for a variety of roles, including The Mary Tyler Moore ShowLou Grant and the miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man, will portray the former president as he guided the nation through World War II and the devastation of The Great Depression. Swit, known for her role as Major Margaret Houlihan on TV’s long-running M*A*S*H* series, highlights the ups and downs of Eleanor Roosevelt, an influential first lady who made major accomplishments as a human rights advocate. “The momentum of our spectacular 125th anniversary season is not slowing down as we bring new and diverse performances to our historic landmark stage,” says Brett Batterson, Auditorium Theatre executive director. “We are delighted to help celebrate Roosevelt University’s 70th anniversary with the special performance of An Evening with the Roosevelts
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An Evening with the Roosevelts 
WEDNESDAY nights just got hotter and sexier with the introduction of “Latin Street Wednesdays” and the amateur bachata dance contest at Joe’s Bar through April 15. Sponsored by the Latin Street Dancing academy, the mid-week fun begins at 6 p.m. and continues until 4 a.m. with drink and food specials associated with competition to see who is best at bachata, a sexy, rhythmic dance that originated in the Dominican Republic. The contest is open only to amateurs, dancers who never have been paid to perform nor teach bachata. In the preliminary rounds, three couples will be selected each week. At the end of the competition, the winner will receive $600, second place gets $300 and third place will be awarded $100. The winners will be chosen by a panel of judges that includes the audience’s input. For more information, go to www.latinstreetdancing.com.


'Latin Street Wednesdays' & Amateur Bachata Contests 
Bill Bellamy Coming To Schaumburg
COMEDIAN/actor Bill Bellamy, who began doing standup comedy while he was a student at Rutgers University, brings his hilarious routine to the Chicago Improv of Schaumburg on March 26-28. In addition to his success on the comedy stage, the multitalented entertainer also has made his mark in television, beginning with HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, where he introduced the descriptive phrase “booty call.” His TV credits also include his involvement in TV One’s Bill Bellamy’s Who’s Got Jokes, NBC’s Emmy-nominated Last Comic StandingMr. Box Office and Showtime’s comedy special Bill Bellamy: Crazy, Sexy, Dirty, one of the highest-rated comedy specials on the cable outlet. His movie roles include those in Love JonesThe BrothersAny Given Sunday and perhaps his most recognized role in How To Be A Player. During the past year, Bellamy headlined a nationwide comedy tour, “The Standing Ovation Tour,” with Tommy Davidson, Sommore, Mark Curry and Tony Rock. For information and tickets, go to www.chicago.improv.com.
​Performance tickets ($25 – $65) are available online at AuditoriumTheatre.org, by calling (800) 982-ARTS (2787) or in-person at Auditorium Theatre’s Box Office (50 E. Congress Pkwy). Discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more are available at (312) 341-2357 or sales@auditoriumtheatre.org. Tickets are free for Roosevelt University students by visiting the theatre at 50 E. Congress Pkwy through March 27. Students can get two tickets per valid Roosevelt University student ID. Dinner and performance tickets ($250 single tickets, $5,000 table of 8) are available by contacting Lauren Chill at (312) 341-3849 or lchill@roosevelt.edu.
The Black Women's Expo 2015
THE Black Women’s Expo in Chicago, the nation’s longest-running empowerment exposition for the African-American consumer, returns to McCormick Place on March 27-29 with multiple events to empower, educate and celebrate Black women. The annual gathering has become one of the most anticipated events in the city, attracting thousands of women who interact with the more than 300 exhibitors and vendors that offer a wide variety of goods, services and information. Some of the areas addressed at the Expo to enhance quality of life include health and wellness, education, fashion and style, home décor and activities for children. While the life-enhancing information is the foundation of the Expo, the three-day affair has become a noted location to highlight performances by some of the biggest names in entertainment. For more information and tickets, go to www.theblackwomensexpo.com.