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Star and Garter Burlesque 

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Though this show doesn't embrace burlesque's legacy of satire, it does alternate strippers and comics. Michelle L'amour, who's been teaching and performing burlesque in Chicago for years, directs and dances with a cast of six former students who look like actual girls next door. Some have just one or two "sexy" faces, and their dancing is a bit stiff at times, but all deliver charming, playful performances to a surprisingly eclectic sound track, which can range from Nina Simone to Weezer. The stand-ups are drawn from a short list of the city's brightest young comics, including Nick Vatterot and Jared Logan, and the revue benefits greatly from the presence of ebullient host TJ Miller, whose improv experience helps him handle the raucous crowds. a Open run: Thu 9:30 PM, Fizz Bar & Grill, 3220 N. Lincoln, 773-348-6000, $10, 21+.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Saverio Truglia.

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