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Around the Coyote

The tenth annual edition of this multidisciplinary arts festival, which was founded by the late Jim Happy-Delpech to showcase the work of artists in Chicago's Wicker Park and Bucktown neighborhoods, features a slew of theatrical productions, improv shows, and spoken-word/poetry performances; these are shown in the following listings, which are arranged chronologically, based on information provided by theater coordinator Jonathan Pitts, poetry coordinator Michael C. Watson, and the Guild Complex. (See listings elsewhere in this issue for information on visual art, dance, film, and musical attractions.) Performances take place September 9 through 12 at the Chopin Theatre studio, 1543 W. Division; the Genesis Artist Village/Baraka Center for the Arts, 2417 N. Western (third floor); the window of Right-On Futon, 1184 N. Milwaukee; the Subterranean Cafe & Cabaret, 2011 W. North; the Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W. Cortland; Wicker Park, 1425 N. Damen; and the Nelson Algren Fountain at the Polish Triangle, at the intersection of Ashland, Division, and Milwaukee. Admission to all theater and performance events is free, but donations will be requested after each show. (Suggested donation for the festival's main exhibition sites is $5 per day or $15 for a four-day festival pass.) For more information call 773-342-6777 or check the festival's Web site at www.aroundthecoyote.org.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9

The Oracle

The Rooftop Players present an experimental theater piece inspired by ancient Greece's Delphic oracle, in which actors improvise answers to audience questions. Chopin Theatre studio, 7 PM.

Nelson Algren: The Name on the Doorbell

The Wicker Park writer's life and art are evoked in this Lookingglass Theatre Company effort--a workshop of a work in progress directed by John Musial. Subterranean Cafe & Cabaret, 7 PM.

Live on Tour!!!

The improv ensemble Schadenfreude presents a sketch-comedy revue. Trap Door Theatre, 7 PM.

Paraffinalia

Local Infinities offers its brand of "performance art with a sense of humor, of wonder, and many pounds of wax," exploring the "physical and metaphysical properties" of bees, petroleum, and lipstick. Chopin Theatre studio, 8 PM.

A Rich Man's War and a Poor Man's Fight

Civil War veteran and sardonic satirist Ambrose Bierce is the inspiration for this new show directed by Warren Leming and compiled from Bierce's writings by Leming and John Yost. Subterranean Cafe & Cabaret, 8 PM.

Lebensraum

Israel Horovitz's drama examines modern young Germans' response to the legacy of the Holocaust. Trap Door Theatre, 8 PM.

Play

The Thirteenth Tribe experimental theater presents Samuel Beckett's study of a man, his wife, and "the other woman"--all of whom speak from their funeral urns. Joanna Settle directs. Right-On Futon, 8:30 PM.

Vaudeville Nights: Voice of the City

Cohen & Ellis present a variety program; each performance features nine different acts, and participants include the Nomenil theater group, dancer Winifred Haun, and others. Chopin Theatre studio, 9 PM.

Play

See listing for 8:30 PM Thursday. Right-On Futon, 9:30 PM.

Underthings and Otherthings

The Ma'at Production Association of Afrikan Centered Theatre presents a new piece by Carla Stillwell that explores "angst, anxiety, and the pursuit of art," as well as a new work by Derrick Jones about black gay relationships. Trap Door Theatre, 9:30 PM.

Play

See listing for 8:30 PM Thursday. Right-On Futon, 10:30 PM.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10

The Oracle

See listing for 7 PM Thursday. Chopin Theatre studio, 7 PM.

Visit to a Small Planet

The Aardvark theater company presents Gore Vidal's cold-war-era satire, about a mad and mischievous alien who threatens to destroy our world before we do it ourselves. Genesis Artist Village/Baraka Center for the Arts, 7 PM.

Nelson Algren: The Name on the Doorbell

See listing for 7 PM Thursday. Subterranean Cafe & Cabaret, 7 PM.

Live on Tour!!!

See listing for 7 PM Thursday. Trap Door Theatre, 7 PM.

Paraffinalia

See listing for 8 PM Thursday. Chopin Theatre studio, 8 PM.

The Pup At Theatre: Hidden Surprise Shows

Brett Neveu's puppet show parody probes "the everyday lives of the puppet community," says a press release. Says Reader critic Justin Hayford: "[This] artfully awful [production features] an hour's worth of inspired insipid skits. [The] puppets are in varying states of decay and disrepair, and everything is wrong, from the line readings to the character voices to a spiritless Robert Plant impersonation. Yet it's wrong in new, surprising, and hysterical ways, [resulting in a] masterful disaster." Genesis Artist Village/Baraka Center for the Arts, 8 PM.

A Rich Man's War and a Poor Man's Fight

See listing for 8 PM Thursday. Subterranean Cafe & Cabaret, 8 PM.

Lebensraum

See listing for 8 PM Thursday. Trap Door Theatre, 8 PM.

Play

See listing for 8:30 PM Thursday. Right-On Futon, 8:30 PM.

Vaudeville Nights: Voice of the City

See listing for 9 PM Thursday. Chopin Theatre studio, 9 PM.

24 Hands, No Waiting

J.T.S. Brown presents an evening of long-form ensemble improv. Genesis Artist Village/Baraka Center for the Arts, 9 PM.

Play

See listing for 8:30 PM Thursday. Right-On Futon, 9:30 PM.

Underthings and Otherthings

See listing for 9:30 PM Thursday. Trap Door Theatre, 9:30 PM.

Like Work

Adrian Danzig and George Fuller perform an evening of comic improvisation. Chopin Theatre studio, 10:30 PM.

Pick-ups and Hiccups

Jill Benjamin and Seth Meyers, members of the Amsterdam-based, American-style improv troupe Boom Chicago, combine improvisation with scripted humor in this show about male-female relationships. "In this remarkably entertaining two-person show, [Benjamin and Meyers] don't just take suggestions--they interview the audience, picking our brains and then presenting improvised sketches about what's on our collective mind. . . . Adding to the onstage fire is [the performers'] combination of sexual tension and disgust with each other, a combination that also powered other great male-female comedy teams (Nichols and May, Stiller and Meara). Half the bits in Pick-ups and Hiccups are scripted, but it's the improvised material that shows this quick-witted duo to best advantage," says Reader critic Jack Helbig. Genesis Artist Village/Baraka Center for the Arts, 10:30 PM.

Play

See listing for 8:30 PM Thursday. Right-On Futon, 10:30 PM.

Skinhead Hamlet

Hungermark Productions presents a stripped-down, shredded version of Shakespeare's tragedy as performed by 70s British skinheads to the accompaniment of a live punk band. Trap Door Theatre, 10:30 PM.

Porn Again

The Amateur Showoffs present a late-night program of X-rated improv under Susan Messing's direction. Trap Door Theatre, 11 PM.

Play

See listing for 8:30 PM Thursday. Right-On Futon, midnight.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11

Children's Parade

The Association House social service agency sponsors this neighborhood celebration, which begins at Wicker Park and proceeds to Association House, 2150 W. North. Noon.

Guild Complex Live at the Nelson Algren Fountain

Michael C. Watson hosts a spoken-word performance featuring Eduardo Arocho, Denise La Grassa, Mia Lahoz, Sherrille Lamb, Gregory Cullen Wagner, and Avery R. Young. The event also features music by Stone. Nelson Algren Fountain, 2 to 5 PM.

Wordslingers Performance

Joanna Marshall hosts a spoken-word performance featuring Marvin Tate & D-Settlement, Erika Mingo, Noam Paco-Gaster, Gregorio Gomez, Maria McCray, Dan McNeil, Lisa Hemminger, Effie Mihopoulos, and Larry Winfield. There'll also be a "Drum Circle Enterprise Zone" anchored by Dan McNeil, Timothy Keenan, and others; audience members are encouraged to bring their own percussion instruments "to form a mighty chain of rhythm, spirit, and verse," says poetry coordinator Watson. Nelson Algren Fountain, 6 to 9:30 PM.

The Oracle

See listing for 7 PM Thursday. Chopin Theatre studio, 7 PM.

Visit to a Small Planet

See listing for 7 PM Friday. Genesis Artist Village/Baraka Center for the Arts, 7 PM.

Nelson Algren: The Name on the Doorbell

See listing for 7 PM Thursday. Subterranean Cafe & Cabaret, 7 PM.

Live on Tour!!!

See listing for 7 PM Thursday. Trap Door Theatre, 7 PM.

Paraffinalia

See listing for 8 PM Thursday. Chopin Theatre studio, 8 PM.

The Pup At Theatre: Hidden Surprise Shows

See listing for 8 PM Friday. Genesis Artist Village/Baraka Center for the Arts, 8 PM.

What Night Knows

Monologuist-poet-songwriter Miles Merrill presents a one-man show. "Merrill's performances [fuse] storytelling, poetry, and wild, witty wordplay," says Reader critic Jack Helbig. Subterranean Cafe & Cabaret, 8 PM.

Lebensraum

See listing for 8 PM Thursday. Trap Door Theatre, 8 PM.

Play

See listing for 8:30 PM Thursday. Right-On Futon, 8:30 PM.

Vaudeville Nights: Voice of the City

See listing for 9 PM Thursday. Chopin Theatre studio, 9 PM.

24 Hands, No Waiting

See listing for 9 PM Friday. Genesis Artist Village/Baraka Center for the Arts, 9 PM.

Play

See listing for 8:30 PM Thursday. Right-On Futon, 9:30 PM.

Underthings and Otherthings

See listing for 9:30 PM Thursday. Trap Door Theatre, 9:30 PM.

Like Work

See listing for 10:30 PM Friday. Chopin Theatre studio, 10:30 PM.

Pick-ups and Hiccups

See listing for 10:30 PM Friday. Genesis Artist Village/Baraka Center for the Arts, 10:30 PM.

Play

See listing for 8:30 PM Thursday. Right-On Futon, 10:30 PM.

Skinhead Hamlet

See listing for 10:30 PM Friday. Trap Door Theatre, 10:30 PM.

Porn Again

See listing for 11 PM Friday. Trap Door Theatre, 11 PM.

Play

See listing for 8:30 PM Thursday. Right-On Futon, midnight.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12

Commedia Extravaganza

Kimbo & Katherbee present a commedia dell'arte-style show in which two women play all the roles in the story of a young man who tries to alter his appearance to win the love of a maiden. Wicker Park, 1 PM.

Commedia Extravaganza

See listing for 1 PM Sunday. Wicker Park, 2 PM.

Wordslingers Performance

Sherrille Lamb and Michael C. Watson host a spoken-word performance featuring Mars Gamba Adisa, Keith M. Kelley, Damian van Horn, Tara Betts, Nina Corwin, Duriel Harris, Christopher Stewart, Brian Gary Kirst, and Susana Sandoval; there'll also be a "Drum Circle Enterprise Zone" (see listing for 6 PM Saturday). Nelson Algren Fountain, 2 to 5 PM.

The Oracle

See listing for 7 PM Thursday. Chopin Theatre studio, 7 PM.

Visit to a Small Planet

See listing for 7 PM Friday. Genesis Artist Village/Baraka Center for the Arts, 7 PM.

Nelson Algren: The Name on the Doorbell

See listing for 7 PM Thursday. Subterranean Cafe & Cabaret, 7 PM.

Live on Tour!!!

See listing for 7 PM Thursday. Trap Door Theatre, 7 PM.

Paraffinalia

See listing for 8 PM Thursday. Chopin Theatre studio, 8 PM.

The Pup At Theatre: Hidden Surprise Shows

See listing for 8 PM Friday. Genesis Artist Village/Baraka Center for the Arts, 8 PM.

What Night Knows

See listing for 8 PM Saturday. Subterranean Cafe & Cabaret, 8 PM.

Improv Variety

The Playground improv theater presents samplings of four different improv groups: the Black Sheep, Mission Improvable, Cinco de Bob, and Inside Vladimir. Trap Door Theatre, 8 PM.

Play

See listing for 8:30 PM Thursday. Right-On Futon, 8:30 PM.

Vaudeville Nights: Voice of the City

See listing for 9 PM Thursday. Chopin Theatre studio, 9 PM.

24 Hands, No Waiting

See listing for 9 PM Friday. Genesis Artist Village/Baraka Center for the Arts, 9 PM.

Play

See listing for 8:30 PM Thursday. Right-On Futon, 9:30 PM.

Underthings and Otherthings

See listing for 9:30 PM Thursday. Trap Door Theatre, 9:30 PM.

Play

See listing for 8:30 PM Thursday. Right-On Futon, 10:30 PM.

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