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The Chicago Bliss wait for introductions at last year's season opener of the Lingerie Football League at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates. The Bliss take on the Dallas Desire on Friday, Sept. 10.


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The Chicago Bliss wait for introductions at last year's season opener of the Lingerie Football League at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates. The Bliss take on the Dallas Desire on Friday, Sept. 10.


Courtesy John Konstantaras

Comedian David Brenner comes to Zanies in both St. Charles and Vernon Hills.


Members of the improv comedy troupe K.C. Redheart will perform 30 hours of comedy as part of the Playground Improv Marathon charity event.


The Seldoms are set to dance around the oversize "Steelroots" sculptures at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle this weekend and next.


Courtesy William Frederking

German soprano Nadja Michael is just one of several singers on the roster for the "Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park" concert.


Comedian Steve Byrne is set to perform at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.


Geoff Akins returns to the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights for another pair of "Bubble Wonders" shows.


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Sones de Mexico performs at the College of Lake County in Grayslake.


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Published: 9/8/2010 12:00 AM

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Bliss blitz?

During the first full season of the Lingerie Football League, the Chicago Bliss went undefeated before losing the championship to the Los Angeles Temptation at Lingerie Bowl VII. Now the Bliss are back for a second season, and they're taking on the Dallas Desire tonight at the Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates. $17-$87. $15 parking. (800) 745-3000 or 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10

Comedy great

Comedian David Brenner may be in his 70s, but don't expect the frequent "Tonight Show" guest to give up the limelight any time soon. Catch Brenner this weekend at two Zanies locations: Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles, (630) 584-6342; also at 230 Hawthorn Village Commons, Vernon Hills, (847) 549-6030. $30 (plus two item menu purchase). 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, in St. Charles; 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, in Vernon Hills

Mirthful marathon

Improv troupe K.C. Redheart and other comedy troupes will participate in The Playground Improv Marathon, a 30-hour benefit this weekend for the Illinois Coalition of Reach Out and Read. See the silliness and any signs of sleepiness at the Playground Theater, 3209 N. Halsted St., Chicago. $5-$10 per hourlong show; $25 for full 30-hour pass. (773) 706-5890 or 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, through midnight Saturday, Sept. 11

Classically Indian

A Concert for Global Peace features a South Indian Classical Violin recital by L. Subramaniam and Ambi Subramaniam in performance tonight at North Central College's Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. $15-$50. (630) 637-7469 or 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10

No popping his bubble

Barrington resident Geoff Akins is sure to make kids (and plenty of parents) ooh and ahh this Saturday when he returns with two performances of his ever-popular "Bubble Wonders" show at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. $14. $12 kids ages 12 and under. (847) 577-2121 or 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11

Sculpted sinews

Sculpture and contemporary dance combine when the Chicago dance troupe The Seldoms performs pieces inspired (and around) the massive temporary Steelroots sculptures this weekend and next at the Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. Included with park admission of $11. (630) 968-0074 or 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 11-12 and 18-19

Operatic tribute

Since the Lyric Opera of Chicago's "Stars of the Lyric Opera at Millennium Park" concert falls this year on Sept. 11, the company has dedicated it to the men and women of the U.S. Armed Services. See Sir Andrew Davis conduct the Lyric Opera Orchestra with such opera stars as Thomas Hampson, Nadja Michael, Elaine Alvarez, Amber Wagner and more this Saturday at the Pritzker Pavilion, near Michigan Avenue and Randolph Street in Chicago. Free. (312) 332-2244 or 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11

Mexico folk

Chicago's own Grammy Award-nominated Sones de Mexico brings its folksy arrangements of traditional Mexican music in concert this Thursday to the College of Lake County's Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. $25; $23 seniors; $15 students. (847) 543-2300 or 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16

Byrne identity

Comedian Steve Byrne mined his Irish and Korean heritage for plenty of humor in his recent Comedy Central special "The Byrne Identity." Now catch Byrne and his latest stand-up act starting Thursday at the Improv Comedy Showcase, 5 Woodfield Road, Schaumburg. $19-$21. (847) 240-2001 or 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16; 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17; 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18; 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19