This annual event, running 9/8-9/10, showcases the work of emerging artists in Chicago's Wicker Park/Bucktown area. Theater, performance, spoken word, literary readings, dance, music, film and video, and visual art are all represented in the 17th edition of the festival. Plays are presented at the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division; Spa Soak, 1733 N. Milwaukee; Davenport's, 1383 N. Milwaukee; and Wicker Park, 1425 N. Damen. Dance and literary readings are at the Vittum Theater, 1012 N. Noble. Music, film, and spoken-word events take place at various venues as listed below. Unless otherwise noted, admission to theater and dance performances is $10 per show or $15 for a day pass, film screenings are $7, and music and literary readings are $5. No tickets are sold in advance for these events. The visual arts component circles around three main venues. The Flat Iron Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee, shows work by 60 artists; Preferred Lofts, 1552-4 N. Milwaukee, hosts around 100; and Wicker Park Field House, 1425 N. Damen, hangs work by around 35 artists. The traditional "Curator's Choice" exhibit can be found in the Around the Coyote Gallery, 19351/2 W. North. Maps are available at all of these locations. Admission to the main four exhibits is $7 for a day pass; hours are Friday 6-10 PM, Saturday 11 AM-10 PM, and Sunday 11 AM-6 PM. An all-access festival pass, including the opening party on 9/7, is $40. For information on the entire festival, call 773-342-6777 or visit www.aroundthecoyote.org.
OPENING PARTY The festival kicks off with a party featuring food from Las Palmas, a video program by Kim Alpert of past festival screenings, and music by DJ Sid Delicious. a Around the Coyote Gallery, 1935fi W. North, 8 PM. $20.
Program I Emerging companies Leopold Group, Coco Dance Group, Matter Dance Company, Nicole Gifford, Marquez Dance, and Synapse Arts Collective. a Vittum Theater, 7 PM.
Program II Established artists Perceptual Motion Inc., Anatomical Theater, RTG Dance, Chicago Moving Company's Nana Shineflug, and Melissa Mallinson (who also performs free outdoors at Wicker Park Sat 9/9, 5 PM). a Vittum Theater, 8 PM.
This Is Not a Pipe Dance curator Ellyzabeth Adler's dance-theater piece inspired by Magritte and Freud. ShootingStar Productions' theater work, Reverse Psychology Doesn't Work on Fate: Notes to the Girls We Were, follows. a Vittum Theater, 9 PM.
ATC Short Film and Video Screening Mary Scherer's video The Index of Absence (40 min.) compiles minute-long statements by nearly three dozen people (including Chicago artists Deborah Stratman, Ann Harris, and Jason Lazarus), addressed to those in their lives that they have lost. Also on the program: short works by Colin Palombi, Scott Smith, and Dave Evans. a Rodan, 1530 N. Milwaukee, 6 PM.
Film and Video Screenings Four separate programs complement live-music performances. Preceding the music will be Zoe Asta and Chris Bernacchi's sound-and-video installation What the Bridges Told Me, which studies five Chicago bridges scheduled for demolition. The other three works will be projected simultaneously on separate screens during the performance: Ryan Junell's Slomo Video, which compiles 100 slow-motion videos lasting one minute each; Machinima Film Festival 2002, whose segments make use of the graphics engines of video games; and Bill Morrison's Decasia, which J.R. Jones described as a "70-minute collage of hallucinatory images produced by the decomposition of nitrate film stocks. At times it threatens to contract into an artifice of academic obsession, but ultimately it connotes an epic struggle between the human need to create history and the power of time and entropy to erase it." a Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee, 6:30 PM.
Club Lucky Jsan & the Analogue Sons, William Kurk Enterprise, Justin Sconza, Carlos Ortega, and Bumpus. a 1824 W. Wabansia, 5:30-9:30 PM.
Around the Coyote Gallery Arthi Meera, Emily Hurd, Easy Tiger, and Doug Rosenberg Quartet. a 6-9 PM.
Vittum Theater Jake Randall.a 6:45, 7:45, and 8:45 PM.
Double Door Otter Petter, This Is Me Smiling, Public Four, Nyco, and Bound Stems. a 1572 N. Milwaukee, 7-11 PM.
Piece Sweet Japonic and Secret Solution. a 1847 W. North, 10-11:30 PM.
Poetry Reading Participants include Tim Cook, Thax Douglas, Charlie Newman, Malcolm Palmer, Nikki Patin, See More Perspective, Tom Strunk, Patrick Tianen, and Avery R. Young. a Subterranean, 2011 W. North, 7 PM.
The Sweat Girls Are . . . Coiffed & Dangerous The all-female collective of monologists returns with new work on topics such as road rage, acupuncture, and "something on the bottom of a river in Thailand." a Chopin Theatre, 6:30 PM.
From the Life of Swans and Stop Me if You've Read This One A double performance bill from Hunger and Dread and Physical Effects, respectively. a Spa Soak, 7 PM.
I Left My Birth Control in Baltimore A performance of sketches, music, and choreography from the Super Cool Sluuts of America. a Spa Soak, 8 PM.
Sincerely Clemson Players/Living Stage devised this ensemble-developed piece based on real letters. a Chopin Theatre, 8 PM.
Something Good Michael McCrory directs a cabaret musical. a Davenport's, 8 PM.
The Phase and What Is Monotony, Monotony, Monotony??? Molly Bain's The Phase, "a reflection on soul searching, identity construction, cavorting, conspiring, and teacher crushing at the age of five" shares a bill with Girlz o' PHS's movement piece about the quotidian. a Spa Soak, 9 PM.
White Devil Gregory Hardigan's play, which he also directed, about friends trapped in a freak snowstorm is presented by American Myth Theater Company. a Chopin Theatre, 9 PM.
ED and Stark Naked and Poised The longtime local improv powerhouse ED performs on a bill with Stark Naked and Poised, a troupe whose work combines comedy improvisation, music, and dance. a Spa Soak, 10 PM.
Reagan's Children This "opera-oratorio", directed by Eric Reda, sets the late president's interment ceremony to music. a Davenport's, 10:30 PM.
R Dirty Water Four guys in a bar improvise a conversation based on an audience suggestion in this show by Wicked Good Productions. The concept won't set the world on fire. But if half the tavernous chats I've sat through had been this lively or funny, I'd count myself lucky. The cast brandish wicked-hahd accents to convey the Boston setting, which helps lift this improv beyond the everyday, and they've mastered a trick few improvisers--or alleged conversationalists--seem able to get down: keeping the ball bouncing without hogging it. (BN) On a bill with an untitled improv piece. a Spa Soak, 11 PM.
The Survivors Sharon Lanza wrote and directed this "new work of myth, love, trees, violence, a sandwich, paper airplanes, and memory." a Chopin Theatre, 10:30 PM.
The Sea Refuses No River (a 3-Act Journey in 3 Nights) Movement, ritual, music, and storytelling combine in this "uniquely unscripted" performance about a trio of adult siblings. It's presented by the Intuitive Theatre Company. a Chopin Theatre, 11 PM.
OneTwoThree The trio creates a collection of scenes "exploring the loss of innocence in modern times." a Spa Soak, midnight.
The Silentest Movie Aloft Aerial Dance performs an acrobatic movement piece examining the role of the "hush-up" and the whistle-blower. a Wicker Park, 2, 4, and 5:30 PM. F
Program I See listing for Fri. a Vittum Theater, 7 PM.
Program II See listing for Fri. a Vittum Theater, 8 PM.
This Is Not a Pipe and Reverse Psychology Doesn't Work on Fate: Notes to the Girls We Were See listing for Fri. a Vittum Theater, 9 PM.
Film and Video Screenings See listing for Fri. a Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee, 6:30 PM.
R The Princess Bride Rob Reiner's friendly 1987 fairy-tale adventure delicately mines the irony inherent in its make-believe without ever undermining the effectiveness of the fantasy. The colorful characters and adventures are, at their best, like live-action equivalents of Disney animated features, with lots of other fond Hollywood memories thrown in: Andre the Giant seems like a cross between Andy Devine and Lumpjaw the Bear, while Mandy Patinkin's engaging Inigo Montoya conjures up Gene Kelly in The Pirate. Adapted by William Goldman from his own novel. PG, 98 min. (JR) Screening outdoors by video projection. Also on the program: Ted Pason's 20-minute short Robot Boy. a Wicker Park, 1425 N. Damen, dusk. F
Club Lucky For All I Care, Doko Benjo, Team Rock-It, James Apollo, Orange Alert, Treologic, Handcuffs, Calvin Marty, Rolling Clones (Rolling Stones tribute), and Katie Todd. a 1824 W. Wabansia, 11:30 AM-9:30 PM.
Around the Coyote Gallery Sarah Leicher & Typsi, Adam Salzman, Anthony Gravino, Abe Quigley, Daniel Grabala, Battery, Dogme 95, Drastics, Jigawatt Trio. a 11 AM-9 PM.
Wicker Park Faces for Radio, noon.
Vittum Theater Jake Randall. a 6:45, 7:45, and 8:45 PM.
Double Door Alison Breitman, Bon Mots, O'Neill & Wean, Matthew, Cracklin Moth. a 1572 N. Milwaukee, 7-11 PM.
Piece Live band karaoke. a 1847 W. North, 11 PM.
Truthiness, Two Readings on Stage Make magazine curates this event. a Wicker Park, 2:45 PM. Free.
Self-Published Reading Readings by zinesters and zine contributors Jake Austen (Rocktober), Loren Barry (So Midwest), David Frank (Rocks and Blows), Joe Meno and Anne Elizabeth Moore (Punk Planet), Neo-Futurist John Pierson, Nathan Rabin (Onion), and Claire Zulkey (zulkey.com); music by DJ Uncle Butter. a Subterranean, 2011 W. North, 7 PM.
The Chronicles of Penelope Pennyworth: Girl Detective Li'l Buds Theatre presents two excerpts from their kids' show about a female sleuth, along with refreshments. a Chopin Theatre, 1 and 3 PM.
The Bird Show Puppetry, music, and "a ceremonial gathering of enormous birds" combine in this family-oriented offering from Manifest Theatre. a Wicker Park, 1 PM. F
Pearl and Eloise Are Dead Amber Hubert's play about two friends trapped in eternity, presented by Double Shot Productions. a Chopin Theatre, 5:30 PM.
Mysteries Inspired by the myth of Orpheus, this Tantalus Theatre Group production features movement and original music. a Wicker Park, 6:15 PM. F
The Sweat Girls Are . . . Coiffed & Dangerous See listing for Fri. a Chopin Theatre, 6:30 PM.
From the Life of Swans and Stop Me if You've Read This One See listing for Fri. a Spa Soak, 7 PM.
I Left My Birth Control in Baltimore See listing for Fri. a Spa Soak, 8 PM.
Something Good See listing for Fri. a Davenport's, 8 PM.
White Devil See listing for Fri. a Chopin Theatre, 8 PM.
The Phase and What Is Monotony, Monotony, Monotony??? See listing for Fri. a Spa Soak, 9 PM.
The Survivors See listing for Fri. a Chopin Theatre, 9:30 PM.
R Dirty Water See listing for Fri. a Spa Soak, 10 PM.
Sincerely See listing for Fri. a Chopin Theatre, 10 PM.
Reagan's Children See listing for Fri. a Davenport's, 10:30 PM.
The Sea Refuses No River (a 3-Act Journey in 3 Nights) See listing for Fri. a Chopin Theatre, 11 PM.
Stark Naked and Poised See listing for Fri. On a double bill with an untitled piece. a Spa Soak, 11 PM.
ED See listing for Fri. a Spa Soak, midnight.
The Silentest Movie See listing for Sat. a Wicker Park, 2 and 4 PM. F
Short Film and Video Screening See listing for Fri. a Rodan, 1530 N. Milwaukee, 6 PM.
Around the Coyote Gallery Acoustalistics, Abe Quigley, Brian McSweeney, Birdhouse, Ted Atkatz, Goran Ivanovic Group, Justin Sconza. a 11 AM-6 PM.
Club Lucky Nick Peraino & Blue Moon Risin', Emily Hurd, Blisters, Greg Spero Trio, Saturday Nights, Almost Rosario, Akasha, Detagoh, Air This Side of Caution. a 11:30 AM-8:30 PM.
Chicago Poets Reading Readers include Loren Barry, See More Perspective, and Anne Elizabeth Moore; music by Malcolm Palmer. a Club Lucky, 1824 W. Wabansia, 2:30 PM. F
Chicago Media Reading Zinesters Sharyn Golden (Skint), Hillary Rawk (Rawk!), Kelsey Snell (Machine Media), Kelly McClure (Chill) and "an as yet unnamed token male" read their work. a Vittum Theatre, 5 PM.
The Bird Show See listing for Sat. a Wicker Park, 1 PM. F
The Chronicles of Penelope Pennyworth: Girl Detective See listing for Sat. a Chopin Theatre, 1 and 3 PM.
Pearl and Eloise Are Dead See listing for Sat. a Chopin Theatre, 4:30 PM.
Voluptuous Tusk Composer and performance artist Lenny Zieben's piece combines props with "dyslexic antics" and "politically poignant and sometimes existential lyrics." a Wicker Park, 4:30 PM. F
The Sweat Girls Are . . . Coiffed & Dangerous See listing for Fri. a Chopin Theatre, 5:30 PM.
From the Life of Swans and Stop Me if You've Read This One See listing for Fri. a Spa Soak, 6 PM.
Mysteries See listing for Sat. a Wicker Park, 6:15 PM. F
The Phase and What Is Monotony, Monotony, Monotony??? See listing for Fri. a Spa Soak, 7 PM.
Something Good See listing for Fri. a Davenport's, 7 PM.
White Devil See listing for Fri. a Chopin Theatre, 7 PM.
I Left My Birth Control in Baltimore See listing for Fri. a Spa Soak, 8 PM.
The Survivors See listing for Fri. a Chopin Theatre, 8:30 PM.
OneTwoThree See listing for Fri. On a double bill with an untitled piece. a Spa Soak, 9 PM.
Sincerely See listing for Fri. a Chopin Theatre, 9 PM.
ED and Stark Naked and Poised See listing for Fri. a Spa Soak, 10 PM.
R Dirty Water See listing for Fri. a Spa Soak, 11 PM.
CLOSING PARTY Cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, tobacco, and entertainment. a Marshall McGearty Tobacco Lounge, 1553 N. Milwaukee, 7-10 PM. F