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15th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival is accepting artist submissions

Stage 773 Creative Director Brian Posen invites sketch comedy artists to submit an application to participate in the 15th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival. As part of this hallmark year for the annual festival, Posen and the Sketchfest Artistic Team will cultivate an exclusive line-up of headliners to represent Stage 773’s history of excellence in festival programming.

Introducing Tailgater Concierge: An Easier Way to Tailgate at Northwestern

Your football team is asked to pour their blood, sweat and tears into every game, but this shouldn’t be an expectation of the tailgaters outside of Ryan Field. To make tailgating even easier, Tailgater Concierge makes its debut today as a one-stop solution for all tailgating needs – all fans need to do is show up and enjoy.

LOCAL HUMANE SOCIETY SEEKS HELP TO RETURN TO NEW ORLEANS

The Humane Society of Louisiana, a private New Orleans charity founded in 1988, lost its no-kill shelter, adoption center and thrift store in the aftermath of Katrina. Though tens of millions of dollars were raised to help animals in the region and to help shelters rebuild, the group never received major recovery or rebuilding funds, which would have made its return possible. (Before and after photos of the group’s former shelter are attached.)

ZOOLOGICAL WILDLIFE FOUNDATION WELCOMES ASIAN SMALL-CLAWED OTTER SIBLINGS
The Zoological Wildlife Foundation (ZWF Miami) announces the arrival of two Asian small-clawed otter siblings. A nearly sixteen-week-old female was named Kappa and her twin sibling, Kawauso, arrived at the South Florida based zoo and conservation facility this past weekend. "We feel so happy to have these two sibling otters join our family of more than 150 wildlife species," said ZWF Miami Founder Mario Tabraue.
Camp Bullfrog Opens in Forest Preserves of Cook County

Cook County Forest Preserves’ newest camp site opened today to outdoor enthusiasts, nature lovers and novice campers alike. Local officials joined the Forest Preserves of Cook County General Superintendent Arnold Randall for a ribbon cutting and opening celebration of the new campground, which offers year-round camping, group activities and fishing.

Camp Bullfrog Lake boasts access to the Little Red Schoolhouse Nature and Sagawau Environmental Learning Centers, and the Stone House single-track mountain bike trail for campers and mountain bikers.

Students with Down Syndrome and Autism at Local Circus School
The Actors Gymnasium, a training school dedicated to teaching circus and aerial arts, physical theater, and multi-disciplinary performance to children and adults, announces a pilot program serving children and adults with disabilities. Initially, the program will offer two classes: children with autism aged 10-14 and adults with Down syndrome aged 16 years and older.
 
Statement from the Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos Court Hearing

On July 10th the Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos, a New York based organization, along with 20 additional plaintiffs, filed a lawsuit in the New York Supreme Court New York to issue an injunction against Hasidic rabbis and synagogues in Brooklyn from participating in Kaporos. The case also names the NYPD, NYC Department of Health and the City of New York for failing to enforce city health laws and animal cruelty laws, among others. Today, August 25, 2015, the case was heard in the New York Supreme Court, NY County. Oral arguments were presented from all sides.

Psychologists Win Comedy Contest

The Therapy Players, an improvisational comedy group of seven professional psychologists, has won the Chicago Collider Improv/Sketch Comedy Competition hosted by Theater Momentum. The group beat out 15 other comedy troupes to win the competition, which took place July 2-31, 2015 at The Globe Pub in Chicago.

American Theater Company announces new Managing Director
American Theater Company (ATC) is pleased to announce the hiring of Dee Sandt as its new managing director. Dee joins the company full time effective immediately.
 
 
 
“On behalf of the board, ensemble and staff, I'm thrilled to be able to welcome Dee to American Theater Company and the Chicago theater community,” says ATC Board President Art Cunningham. “She has a terrific track record of taking each theater she's managed to the next level and will play a pivotal role in ATC's growth as we begin our 31st season.”
 
Blind and Visually Impaired Sailors Coming to Race in Chicago

The 2015 Blind World & International Championship is coming to Chicago Yacht Club September 10-13, 2015. Fifteen blind and visually impaired teams from around the world will be competing in this event.

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