Daily Rehearsal: 'SNL' taps three Chicagoans for new season

September 10, 2012

- Proving once again that Chicago is your city on the hill for comedy, Cecily Strong, Tim Robinson and Aidy Brant have joined the cast of Saturday Night Live. Buzzfeed catches you up on the talented trio, if you haven't seen them performing in the usual spread of Second City, Annoyance Theater and iO. The new season starts this Satruday night.

- "For the first 35 hours they’re on sale, tickets to Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s 2012–2013 season performances at the Harris Theater are $35." This offer starts on Thursday at 9 am; use the code "35" online.

- Did Open Streets get in your way when traveling downtown this weekend? Open Streets event shuts down traffic in the Loop on Sept. 8

Some theater companies are offering entertainment options for those affected by this week's teachers strike. Lookingglass is offering drama workshops for 5 to 13 year olds from 9 am to 3 pm, though the classes are $65 a day. “Lookingglass has long been a resource that provides quality arts-based alternatives for students – we have a history of partnering with schools and other non-profit organizations to provide residencies and after-school programs, in addition to our well-known classes and camp programs," said Artistic Director Andrew White in a statement.

If you're interested in free things, Court Theatre lets CPS students (and one parent or guardian) into their production of Jitney this Thursday at 10:30 am. Just bring your CPS ID to the theater -- though its recommended that this activity be fore those above 13. “Every year Court Theatre invites thousands of CPS students to attend our productions as part of its educational outreach programs," said Executive Director Stephen Albert. "Despite the strike, we want Court to remain a place where students, teachers and parents can benefit from and enjoy classic theatre." (This last one is only happening if the strike is still happening Thursday.)

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