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The Neo-Futurists need a portrait of Barack Obama to hang in their Hall of Presidents gallery, and they're running a contest to get it. The theater troupe will accept submissions for Neo-Obama Portrait-O-Rama through September 24. The winner walks away with $250. Examples of past portraits and the application form are here. The entry fee is $10.
Meanwhile, the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival is celebrating its tenth anniversary, coming up in January, with an early-bird discount on applications. Until 9/10, the fee to would-be Sketchfest participants is $10, down from the usual $50. The application period closes for good on 10/15. Applications are available here. Submit a blurb and video.