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Crush Plays: 'Clarkston' by Samuel D. Hunter

Sept. 15, 2014 - Sept. 15, 2014 7:30pm
Victory Gardens Theater 2433 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614

Victory Gardens Theater Presents a Pavement Group Crush Plays Reading CLARKSTON by Samuel D. Hunter Directed by PG Artistic Associate Leah Karpel

Admission is FREE

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4th Annual Karaoke Showdown

Aug. 24, 2014 Doors @ 6p
Weeds Tavern 1555 N Dayton

PG RETURNS TO WEEDS TAVERN - SUNDAY, AUGUST 24 Be there as representatives from some of Chicago's hottest storefront theatre companies battle for glory!

Proceeds from this year's Showdown will directly fund artist stipends and production costs for Pavement Group's to-be-announced 2014 production coming to Theater Wit this Nov/Dec!

Hosted by the 2013 Karaoke Champion, Carmine Grisolia of Strawdog Theatre Company, this year's competition will be judged by Jane Beachy, Matt Hawkins, & Ike Holter and will feature an act break performance by National Air Guitar Champion Romeo Dance Cheetah with special guest White Flame.

Doors open at 6pm Showdown begins at 8pm

There will be open karaoke before and after the competition, courtesy of Cowl Girl's Carlo Lorenzo Garcia

$15 admission includes food, entertainment and automatic raffle entry to win a big, fat wine & cheese basket from Cabot Creamery Cooperative and Chateau Chantal Winery.

RAFFLE UPDATE: In addition to the door prize of wine & cheese, we will be raffling off a cabin weekend in Sheboygan, WI for the weekend of your preference! Prize includes lodging, booze, & a Visa gift card to be applied to a rental car, food, or just...more booze.

Raffle tickets are 2 for $5, 5 for $10, or an arm's length for $20! If you're unable to attend, tickets may be purchased online here:

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4th Annual Black & Blue Ball

Nov. 9, 2013 - Nov. 9, 2013 9pm - 2am
Chicago Truborn 1418 W. Division, Chicago, Illinois 60642

Your presence is requested at Pavement Group's 4th Annual Black & Blue Ball, coming to Chicago Truborn Saturday, November 9th. Featuring Tito's Vodka, Two Brothers Brewing, and a whole mess of other food and booze, we'll keep your stomach lined and your inhibitions lowered throughout the night. Our DJ & live band will keep you moving on the dance floor with tunes designed to melt your body into a stranger's arms. Cocktail attire recommended. Bring your honey and your money. Ditch the modesty at the door.

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3rd Annual Karaoke Showdown

June 23, 2013 - June 23, 2013
Weeds Tavern 1555 N Dayton St, Chicago

Celebrity Judges! Rivalries! Prizes! Beer Garden! Summer!

Be there at Pavement Group's 3rd Annual Karaoke Showdown as representatives from some of Chicago's hottest storefront theatre companies battle for glory.

Hosted by 2012's reigning champion, Julie Cowden of The Ruckus and judged by Mary Hollis Inboden, Geoffrey Jackson Scott, and Michael Patrick Thornton, this year's competition is sure to be our hottest yet!

Featuring: About Face Theatre Buzz 22 Dog & Pony Theatre Company The Inconvenience Mary Arrchie Natural Gas Pine Box Rivendell Theatre Ensemble Shattered Globe The Strange Tree Group Strawdog Theatre Company Theatre Seven of Chicago

Doors open at 6pm, Showdown begins at 8pm. There will be open karaoke before and after the competition, courtesy of Mary Arrchie's Carlo Lorenzo Garcia.

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3rd Annual Black & Blue Ball

Sept. 8, 2012 - Sept. 8, 2012
Elegant Mr. Gallery 1355 N Milwaukee

Come Fashionable. Come Desirable. Come Corruptible.

Join us at our third annual fundraiser for drinking & dancing into the night!

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Karaoke Showdown 2012

Feb. 18, 2012 - Feb. 18, 2012 Open Karaoke @ 8p; Showdown @ 10p

Pavement Group’s 2nd Annual Karaoke Showdown is just weeks away! Ten contestants from Chicago’s best storefront theatres compete for the 2012 title and bragging rights in a musical fight to the death. Featuring contestants from New Colony, Dog & Pony, and Caffeine Theater just to name a few, company reps will overact, throw insults, and pour their hearts out in song in this cutthroat singing extravaganza. Once again, the competition will be voted on by a trio of celebrity judges led by Joe Zarrow, 2011 Karaoke Showdown Champion (representing Collaboraction).

Watch it all go down Saturday, February 18th at Elegant Mr Gallery - 1355 N Milwaukee Ave. $20 at the door covers open bar, Showdown, & open karaoke before and after the competition. Doors open at 8pm. Raffle prizes include theatre tickets to the city’s hottest theatre companies, spa packages, a WBEZ membership and more!

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Black & Blue Ball 2011

Sept. 10, 2011 - Sept. 11, 2011
Elegant Mr. Gallery 1355 N Milwaukee Ave

Please join us for our second annual Black and Blue Ball! All proceeds benefit Pavement Group's upcoming season of dynamic new work. Your ticket includes champagne (oh, yes, the champagne fountain is back!), beer, wine and glamour food.

Entertainment Provided By: Shapers DJ Set

Cocktail Attire and dancing shoes are strongly encouraged.

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Karaoke Showdown 2011

Feb. 17, 2011 - Feb. 18, 2011
Hideout 1354 West Wabansia

Chicago's hottest emerging theatre companies compete in a Karaoke Showdown for the crown. Hosted by Shane Shane and judged by three celebrity judges, this musical fight for fame is sure to be one for the history books! After the competition open karaoke commences.

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Black & Blue Ball 2010

Sept. 18, 2010 - Sept. 19, 2010
The Den Theatre 1333 N Milwaukee Ave