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Michael Palascak has evolved into "the ideal club comic," Drew Hunt writes, "someone who works in admittedly innocuous, PG-13 territory yet retains a strong command of both his craft and persona." Palascak's weeklong run at Zanie's is something of a hometown victory lap. The last show is tonight.
Gospel music is kind of like Christmas—you don't have to believe in the Jesus bug to get bitten by it and kind of enjoy yourself. Some of its biggest names do lots of praising and a little bit of worshipping at the Chicago Gospel Music Festival. Tonight, choirs—including the GMAC Mass Choir—take the stage at Millennium Park.
Two craft-beer festivals come to a close today: the Chicago Craft Beer Festival at St. Michael in Old Town offers more than 100 specialty brews to sample and a performance by Robbie Fulks, while the Two Brothers Summer Festival wraps up with Family Fun Day, including performances by Zak Morgan and Empty Can Band.
For more on these events and others, check out the Reader's daily Agenda page.