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Taking its name from the Tower Building at the intersection of North, Damen, and Milwaukee, which once housed the Coyote Gallery, this multimedia arts event includes a sizable theater and performance segment. Running through September 11, the fifth annual Around the Coyote features eleven different productions at Centrum Hall, 1309 N. Ashland, and the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division, as well as various other spoken-word and performance attractions at venues listed below. (Related dance and visual-art activities are listed individually elsewhere in Section Two.) Admission to all shows is $2 (except where noted below). The following listings, updated from information available Monday, are subject to last-minute changes and mishaps; for more information or to confirm the schedule below, call the Coyote hotline at 342-6777.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

The Land of Do As You Please

This performance troupe aims to create a "once-upon-a-time absurdity" through the collaboration of costume designer Sandra Leonard with several local painters and sculptors. Centrum Hall, 8 PM.

Strangers in the House

Debbie Stone wrote this comedy about "living and losing your mind." Chopin Theatre, 8 PM.

Drew Richardson, Dramatic Fool

Richardson, who specializes in physical clowning (often with a bittersweet edge), performs his commedia-style mask play Harley Keno (Wakes Up). Chopin Theatre, 8:30 PM.

Six Great Conversations

The Cu'Chulain Players explore male-to-male expression and Irish-American social attitudes in Tim Joyce's play about a young man conversing with his dead father. Chopin Theatre, 9:30 PM.

The Madman and the Nun

Trap Door Productions presents Stanislaw Witkiewicz's 1923 play, about the relationship between a straitjacketed poet and a nun who's been sent to cure his so-called insanity. "Trap Door focuses so heavily on [the poet's] dilemma, reducing him to an individual, psychologically realistic character, that their production fails to achieve a higher, metaphorical significance. . . . It's encouraging to see a new company grappling with a playwright this important and overlooked, but they must also rise to the challenges his powerful work presents," says Reader critic Justin Hayford. Centrum Hall, 9:30 PM.

Growing Up Female

Jeanne Martinelli seeks to "express herself as woman in a world that is alienated from female energy." Chopin Theatre, 10 PM.

The Armageddon Radio Hour

The millennium with commercials. The Level 6 improv-comedy company's new musical is a 1940s radio play for the stage, set on the eve of the apocalypse. Centrum Hall, 11 PM.

Raised by Wolves

John Sudar performs a collection of small plays. Chopin Theatre, 11 PM.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9

Brides

The Baubo Performance Project focuses on "the image of brides as an archetype of promise and innocence in both history and modernity" to explore "the question of whether a generation that was raised on [a] belief in the apocalypse can find enough within itself to trust in its own future." Centrum Hall, 4 PM.

Strangers in the House

See listing for Thursday, September 8. Chopin Theatre, 6 PM.

Fiction and Poetry Xtravaganza: Around the Back of My Coyote Vocal Chords

Local writers perform their own work in this spoken-word event organized by Richard Thomas, which also features live and recorded music. Participating artists include Sandy Lipton, Charles Cannon, Rabedeaux, M.J. Loheed, Gabrielle Kaplan, Laura Probasco, Jeff Rawlin, Keith Skilling, Diane Eberhardt, Sean Williams, and Richard Thomas. Mad Bar, 1640 N. Damen, 6 to 10 PM.

Raised by Wolves

See listing for Thursday, September 8. Chopin Theatre, 7 PM.

The Land of Do As You Please

See listing for Thursday, September 8. Centrum Hall, 8 PM.

Drew Richardson, Dramatic Fool

See listing for Thursday, September 8. Chopin Theatre, 8:30 PM.

Six Great Conversations

See listing for Thursday, September 8. Chopin Theatre, 9:30 PM.

The Madman and the Nun

See listing for Thursday, September 8. Centrum Hall, 9:30 PM.

Growing Up Female

See listing for Thursday, September 8. Chopin Theatre, 10 PM.

Impro

The Performance Network, a new performance-art troupe, offers an improvisational, audience-interactive, multidisciplinary piece directed by Frank Laughing Bear Sarvello. Centrum Hall, 11 PM.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10

Life-Size Puppet Parade

This festive procession of human-scale puppets features images drawn from African and Caribbean cultures; the puppet construction was organized by Association House and the Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, and live music will be provided by bands from the Sherwood Academy of Music and Roberto Clemente High School. Starts at Ludwig Drum Factory, 2012 W. Saint Paul, at around noon; call the festival for route information.

Voices and Videos

Poetry by Miguel Lopez-Lemus is blended with visual interpretation by video artist Maria Benfield in this Latino Experimental Theatre production. Chopin Theatre, 3 PM.

Brides

See listing for Friday, September 9. Chopin Theatre, 4 PM.

Growing Up Female

See listing for Thursday, September 8. Chopin Theatre, 4:30 and 9 PM.

Strangers in the House

See listing for Thursday, September 8. Chopin Theatre, 5 PM.

Fiction and Poetry Xtravaganza: Around the Back of My Coyote Vocal Chords

See listing for Friday, September 9. Mad Bar, 1640 N. Damen, 5 to 10 PM.

The Madman and the Nun

See listing for Thursday, September 8. Chopin Theatre, 5:30 PM.

Raised by Wolves

See listing for Thursday, September 8. Chopin Theatre, 7 PM.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11

The Land of Do As You Please

See listing for Thursday, September 8. Centrum Hall, 1:30 and 4 PM.

Impro

See listing for Friday, September 9. Centrum Hall, 2 PM.

Strangers in the House

See listing for Thursday, September 8. Chopin Theatre, 4:30 PM.

Voices and Videos

See listing for Saturday, September 10. Centrum Hall, 5:30 PM.

The Armageddon Radio Hour

See listing for Thursday, September 8. Centrum Hall, 7 PM.

Raised by Wolves

See listing for Thursday, September 8. Chopin Theatre, 7 PM.

Drew Richardson, Dramatic Fool

See listing for Thursday, September 8. Chopin Theatre, 8:30 PM.

The Madman and the Nun

See listing for Thursday, September 8. Centrum Hall, 9 PM.

Closing Party

This wrap-up celebration features soul, funk, and house music by DJ Johnny Fiasco. Red Dog, 1958 W. North. $3 admission.

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