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This annual event, running September 9-12, showcases the work of emerging artists in Chicago's Wicker Park/Bucktown area. Theater, performance, spoken word, dance, music, film and video, and visual art are all represented in the 15th annual edition of this festival.

Plays are presented on the upstairs and downstairs stages of the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division. Admission to theater performances is $7 per day. (A weekend theater pass, available only on Friday, costs $10.) Music performances are at two outside stages at Cans Bar & Canteen, 1640 N. Damen, and Club Lucky, 1824 W. Wabansia. Three programs of dance take place at Northwestern University Settlement House's Vittum Theatre, 1012 N. Noble, and poetry readings will be where noted in those listings. Film and video screenings take place at Rodan, 1530 N. Milwaukee. For more information, including details about family-friendly arts workshops, call 773-342-6777 or visit the festival Web site at www.aroundthecoyote.org.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9

Opening Party

The festival kicks off with a party featuring performance artist Lisa Buscani and "human beatbox" Yuri Lane, plus a silent auction, food, drink, and DJs. 19351/2 W. North. 8 PM-midnight, $20. An afterparty with karaoke runs till 2 AM next door at Piece, 1927 W. North. Free, but a small donation to benefit the AIDS Foundation of Chicago is requested.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10

Art

Visual art exhibits include a "curator's choice" show in ATC's year-round gallery space at 19351/2 W. North; mass hangings at the Flat Iron Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee, Wicker Park field house, 1425 N. Damen, and Pulaski Park field house, 1419 W. Blackhawk (the biggest, with work by well over 100 artists); and smaller displays at neighborhood businesses and artists' studios, including several in the Flat Iron Building. Maps listing all the venues can be found at the main exhibit sites. Friday, 6-10 PM; admission to the four major exhibits is $5 per day. Galleries joining in with extended hours are tagged "ATC" in the art listings.

Dance

Included in this recital are Melissa Mallinson, Mary Sue Miller, Nucleus Dance, Jennifer Sandoval, Jennifer Smith, Rachel Thorne Germond, Lucy Riner, Elisa Carlson, Angela Frederick, and Nicole Gifford. 8 PM, $10.

Film & Video

Sixteen short films and videos by local artists, ranging from narrative to experimental. 9 PM, $7.

Music

CANS BAR & CANTEEN

Nightrain (Guns N' Roses tribute), 6:30 PM.

Monsters of Rock, 8:30 PM.

CLUB LUCKY

Epicycle, 9 PM.

Poetry

Poetry From the Pulpit

This reading features Bridgette Bates, David Bond, Suzanne Buffam, Chris Green, Timothy David Rey, Chuck Stebelton, David Trinidad, and Lina Ramona Vitkauskas. Wooden Gallery, 1007 N. Wolcott. 7:30 PM, $5.

Theater/Performance

UPSTAIRS STAGE

Love, Death, and Talking Squirrels: Four Short Plays

The American Myth Theatre Company performs American Dreaming, 49 Stories About Brian MacKenzie, Natural Selection, and Starlight--all written and directed by Gregory Hardigan. 7 PM.

Prometheus Bound

Frank Merle's adaptation of the Aeschylus tragedy is performed by the Keyhole Theatre Company. 8 PM.

UberSweat

The Sweat Girls, an all-female ensemble of monologuists, perform a program of solo pieces. 9 PM.

Where the Voice Breaks

Disparity, a collective of recent graduates of Columbia College's interdisciplinary arts program, utilize puppets, poetry, and installation. 10 PM.

DOWNSTAIRS STAGE

As You Like It

It's heartening to see the Velvet Willies straightforwardly attack the gayest play since gay came to Stratford-on-Gayvon, focusing on the comedy's language and ideas rather than high-concept adaptation. An excellent cast moving at a good clip pulls off Shakespeare's potentially most boring work without recourse to gimmick, pretension, or ideology. Credit director Jeff Harnish for making it all click. (BN) 7 PM.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11

Art

See listing for Friday. 11 AM-10 PM.

Dance

Nicole Cafera, Anatomical Theatre, Kerrie Anne Korzatkowski and KCD, Genneration Friedance, Beth McNeil, Perceptual Motion, Keila Cordova, Sandy Nowarita, RASA, Irreverence Dance + Theatre, and Megan Beseth and Melanie Palmer. 8 PM, $10.

Music

CANS BAR & CANTEEN

Cyclesomething, 5 PM.

Catfight, 6:30 PM.

Elevation, 8:30 PM.

CLUB LUCKY

Antje, 9 PM.

Poetry

Poetry Reading

Reading their verse are Carrie Olivia Adams, Sonya Arko, Erika Mikkalo, Kristy Odelius, Ron Offen, Natasia Rana, Srikanth Reddy, and Jason Stipp. The Note, 1565 N. Milwaukee. 6 PM, $5.

Theater/Performance

UPSTAIRS STAGE

Ordinary Objects

Brad Weston juggles regular household items in this "circus of our everyday lives." 3 PM.

I, Etcetera and The Cloth

The Cloth, a movement piece by Global Theatre Works, examines the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the voices of Jewish and Arab women; it's paired with Anna Brenner and Kay Perdue's adaptation of a Susan Sontag story. 5 PM.

Prometheus Bound

See listing for Friday. 6 PM.

UberSweat

See listing for Friday. 7 PM.

Sinister Puppetmen of the Fabrication Gallery and The Last Corridor

The Tantalus Theatre Group's Sinister Puppetmen of the Fabrication Gallery is a "four dimensional political cartoon" created in response to post-9/11 developments. The Last Corridor explores the fear of consciousness. 8 PM.

Shmistory

Sassafrass Productions presents a sketch comedy show "ranging through time and space." 9 PM.

Where the Voice Breaks

See listing for Friday. 10 PM.

DOWNSTAIRS STAGE

As You Like It

See listing for Friday. 3 PM.

American Cake and Leaving Phoebe: A Solo Performance

Solo performer Jonathan Pereira's American Cake examines "patriotism in a country of contradictions." Pereira's a mesmerizing performer with a gift for physical comedy and the courage to structure a monologue in a highly unconventional manner. (JHa) Elizabeth Levy's Leaving Phoebe uses J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye as the starting point for a consideration of how childhood experiences determine adult personality. 6 PM.

Love, Death, and Talking Squirrels: Four Short Plays

See listing for Friday. 7 PM.

God Is Sitting on My Head

Hobo clown Stinky the Fish battles God in this play from Singin' Fish Theatricals. 8 PM.

From Tel Aviv to Ramallah: A Beatbox Journey

Rock for a Pillow Productions uses hip-hop to explore the lives of young Israelis and Palestinians. 9 PM.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12

Art

See listing for Friday. 11 AM-6 PM.

Dance

This program features Libby Green, Intelligent Dance Theatre, Helen Lee, Crystal Bella, Erin Carlisle, Leanna Percoco, Elizabeth Albright, Melissa Beck Matjias, and Dorrie Ferguson. 2 PM, $10.

Film & Video

See listing for Friday. 9 PM, $7.

Music

CLUB LUCKY

Scotland Yard Gospel Choir, 8 PM.

Theater/Performance

UPSTAIRS STAGE

Ordinary Objects

See listing for Saturday. 3 PM.

I, Etcetera and The Cloth

See listing for Saturday. 5 PM.

Prometheus Bound

See listing for Friday. 6 PM.

UberSweat

See listing for Friday. 7 PM.

Sinister Puppetmen of the Fabrication Gallery and The Last Corridor

See listing for Saturday. 8 PM.

Shmistory

See listing for Saturday. 9 PM.

Where the Voice Breaks

See listing for Friday. 10 PM.

DOWNSTAIRS STAGE

As You Like It

See listing for Friday. 3 PM.

American Cake and Leaving Phoebe: A Solo Performance

See listing for Saturday. 6 PM.

Love, Death, and Talking Squirrels: Four Short Plays

See listing for Friday. 7 PM.

God Is Sitting on My Head

See listing for Saturday. 8 PM.

From Tel Aviv to Ramallah: A Beatbox Journey

See listing for Saturday. 9 PM.

The Madman and the Nun

See Critic's Choice. 10 PM.

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