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Around the Coyote

Running September 10 through 13, the ninth edition of this annual multidisciplinary arts festival in Chicago's Wicker Park/Bucktown area showcases the work of emerging artists in all media--including more than 20 theater, improv comedy, and spoken-word/poetry productions, as shown in the following listings (which are arranged chronologically, not programmatically, based on information provided by theater coordinator Jonathan Pitts and spoken-word coordinator Nina Corwin). Performances take place at the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division (its main stage and studio theater host theater and performance); the Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W. Cortland; the Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, 1632 N. Milwaukee (third floor), where the focus is on improv comedy; the front lawn of Association House, 2150 W. North, which hosts open-air Shakespeare; the Mad Bar, 1640 N. Damen; and the Note, 1565 N. Milwaukee. Other site-specific events take place at various locations, as shown below. (For information on visual art, film, dance, and musical attractions, see the Galleries & Museums, Movies, and Dance sections elsewhere in Section Two and the music listings in Section Three.) Suggested donation for the festival's main exhibition sites is $5 per day or $10 for a festival pass. Admission to all theater and performance events is free, but donations will be requested after each show, with proceeds going "directly and fully to the performers," according to a press release. Parking ($5) is available after 5 PM Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday at the A.N. Pritzker Elementary School parking lot, on Evergreen between Hoyne and Damen; there's also limited free parking at Saint Mary of Nazareth Hospital, 2233 W. Division, and the festival intends to provide free bus service around the neighborhood on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, check at the Around the Coyote booth at the intersection of North, Damen, and Milwaukee, or call 773-342-6777.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10

The 58 Group

Dancer-choreographer Ginger Farley organized this performance troupe, which combines the disciplines of music and dance. Chopin Theatre, main stage, 7 PM.

Blood\Memory

Marie-Francoise Theodore performs her one-woman show about "the inner landscapes of memory and the mysteries of blood that is blue." Chopin Theatre, studio, 7 PM.

Abby Schachner: Unplugged

Improv actor and monologuist Abby Schachner performs excerpts from her repertoire of one-woman shows. Trap Door Theatre, 7 PM.

Extreme

The Broken Pilgrims in Gothic Sneakers comedy troupe impersonates a right-wing Christian improv group in this new show. Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, 7 PM.

Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare's romantic tragedy is offered in an outdoor production by the Tripaway Theatre. "Performing Shakespeare under the stars is a popular approach in summer, but what's a small-budget company to do when their performance space is [without] electric lighting, artificial amplification, and man-made scenery? Well, Tripaway . . . illuminates the stage with patio lanterns, stadium torches, and 17th-century-style candle-and-mirror footlights. The actors are uniformly costumed in white shirts and black trousers--a practical way to deal with multiple casting and with this production's arboreal balcony scene, which has Juliet straddling the fork of a wind-splintered tree. Moreover, director Karin Shook has instructed her thespians to play their roles with broad characterizations and inflections and plenty of vigorous physical action," says Reader critic Mary Shen Barnidge. Association House, front lawn, 7 PM.

Image Bomb

This multimedia performance installation explores the media's ability to distort reality. Yello Gallery, 1630 N. Milwaukee, 7 PM.

Angels Among Us

Night & Day Productions presents actor and cabaret singer Alexandra Billings in this staged reading of her own work-in-progress, which explores questions of love and loss. Chopin Theatre, studio, 7:30 PM.

Benefit Fashion Show & Kickoff Party

The public is invited to this opening celebration, which will feature fashions by designers exhibiting their work in the festival. The Note, 8 PM. (Benefit tickets are $50; they're available at Around the Coyote Gallery, 1579 N. Milwaukee [second floor], or call 773-975-1914.)

Massive

The MASS Ensemble, whose name is an acronym for "Movement and Sonic Sculpture," performs "visual kinetic music" by integrating choreographed movement, video, and new music played on standard and invented instruments. Chopin Theatre, main stage, 8 PM.

Squat

Lisa Cordes, a playwright and performance artist based in Kansas City, Missouri, wrote this drama about a group of homeless folks whose lives are documented by a young video maker. Michael S. Pieper directs a Chicago premiere. Trap Door Theatre, 8 PM.

El Gato Negro

Salsation, a Hispanic/Latino improv group, performs a bilingual sketch comedy revue. Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, 8 PM.

Image Bomb

See listing for 7 PM Thursday. Yello Gallery, 1630 N. Milwaukee, 8:30 PM.

Dummydown@antichrist.com

Longtime off-Loop actor, director, and aesthetic gadfly Warren Leming created this satirical piece based on his Web journal Dummydown. The show (called Dummydown@anti-corporate.com in some Around the Coyote publicity) features the Dummy Down Players, an ensemble of actors and musicians. Chopin Theatre, main stage, 9 PM.

School

The Hungermark Ensemble makes its debut with this two-person play by Eric Ziegenhagen about "the hazards of human intimacy, the absurdity of disclosure, and the concreteness of shopping carts." (Festival theater coordinator Jonathan Pitts assures us the show is not about Bill and Monica.) Chopin Theatre, studio, 9 PM.

How Far Are You Ready to Go?

The Amateur Showoffs perform adult-oriented improv comedy. Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, 9 PM.

The Movie Walk

Actor-clown Adrian Danzig performs a multimedia one-man show about "the psychic topography of the movies and New York City." Trap Door Theatre, 10 PM.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11

The 58 Group

See listing for 7 PM Thursday. Chopin Theatre, main stage, 7 PM.

Blood\Memory

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

Abby Schachner: Unplugged

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

Extreme

See listing for 7 PM Thursday. Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, 7 PM.

Romeo and Juliet

See listing for 7 PM Thursday. Association House, front lawn, 7 PM.

Angels Among Us

See listing for 7:30 PM Thursday. Chopin Theatre, studio, 7:30 PM.

Massive

See listing for 8 PM Thursday. Chopin Theatre, main stage, 8 PM.

Squat

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

El Gato Negro

See listing for 8 PM Thursday. Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, 8 PM.

Dummydown@antichrist.com

See listing for 9 PM Thursday. Chopin Theatre, main stage, 9 PM.

School

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

How Far Are You Ready to Go?

See listing for 9 PM Thursday. Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, 9 PM.

Image Bomb

See listing for 7 PM Thursday. Yello Gallery, 1630 N. Milwaukee, 9 PM.

The Movie Walk

See listing for 10 PM Thursday. Trap Door Theatre, 10 PM.

An Evening of Improvisation

The Black Comedy Workshop, an ensemble of African-American alumni of Second City, perform a program of improv. Chopin Theatre, main stage, 10:30 PM.

Vaudeville Nights: Voice of the City

This showcase of "eclectic and urban entertainment," originally seen this spring at the Mary-Arrchie Theatre, is organized by Laura Cohen and Christopher Ellis. Chopin Theatre, studio, 10:30 PM.

Metempsychosis

This short performance piece by a formerly Miami-based ensemble called the Group involves the use of 20 TV sets. Chopin Theatre, main stage, midnight.

Image Bomb

See listing for 7 PM Thursday. Yello Gallery, 1630 N. Milwaukee, midnight.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12

Association House Community Puppet Parade

This street celebration will include more than 500 kids from various arts and social-service organizations, a festival press release promises. Begins at noon at the Wicker Park field house, 1425 N. Damen, and proceeds to Association House.

The Glass Show

Street performer George Fuller, aka the "Naughty Angel," presents an afternoon-long interactive performance that includes clowning and glass walking. Wicker Park lawn, 1425 N. Damen, 1 to 5 PM.

River Oak Arts

This suburban literary group presents a poetry performance featuring Etta Worthington, Charlie Rossiter, and Al DeGenova. Mad Bar, 1 PM.

Angela Jackson, Terry Jacobus, and Nina Corwin

The three poets--including Jackson, designated the "curator's choice" of the festival's poetry component--share a program. Mad Bar, 3 PM.

True Theatre Critic

Omar Sangare, whose publicity materials proclaim him "the first and, for the time being, the only black actor in Poland," presents a solo show about a failed artist who becomes a critic. Chopin Theatre, main stage, 3 PM.

Hope, Love, and Fate

The Polish touring troupe Te Art Opty presents a wordless experimental theater piece employing actors, music, and a single lighting instrument. Chopin Theatre, main stage, 4 PM.

Image Bomb

See listing for 7 PM Thursday. Yello Gallery, 1630 N. Milwaukee, 4 PM.

Anotha Level From Lit-X

Tina Howell hosts a spoken-word performance with Mario, Edwardo Arocho, Funcho, and Marlin Esquerra. Mad Bar, 5 PM.

The 58 Group

See listing for 7 PM Thursday. Chopin Theatre, main stage, 7 PM.

Blood\Memory

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

Abby Schachner: Unplugged

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

Extreme

See listing for 7 PM Thursday. Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, 7 PM.

Romeo and Juliet

See listing for 7 PM Thursday. Association House, front lawn, 7 PM.

5A Literary & Performing Arts Collective

Kent Foreman hosts a spoken-word performance featuring Dennis Kim, Brian Gary Kirst, Sherille Lamb, Avery Young, and Susana Sandoval. Mad Bar, 7 PM.

Angels Among Us

See listing for 7:30 PM Thursday. Chopin Theatre, studio, 7:30 PM.

Massive

See listing for 8 PM Thursday. Chopin Theatre, main stage, 8 PM.

Squat

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

El Gato Negro

See listing for 8 PM Thursday. Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, 8 PM.

Image Bomb

See listing for 7 PM Thursday. Yello Gallery, 1630 N. Milwaukee, 8 PM.

Dummydown@antichrist.com

See listing for 9 PM Thursday. Chopin Theatre, main stage, 9 PM.

School

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

How Far Are You Ready to Go?

See listing for 9 PM Thursday. Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, 9 PM.

The Movie Walk

See listing for 10 PM Thursday. Trap Door Theatre, 10 PM.

An Evening of Improvisation

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

Vaudeville Nights: Voice of the City

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

Image Bomb

See listing for 7 PM Thursday. Yello Gallery, 1630 N. Milwaukee, 11 PM.

Metempsychosis

See listing for midnight Friday. Chopin Theatre, main stage, midnight.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13

Chimes

This performance event is organized by "a group wishing to remain anonymous"; its purpose is similarly cloaked so that the experience may be "interpreted by both the observer and participants, in actual real time and remembered reflection." Intersection of North, Damen, and Milwaukee, 1 PM.

Tim Brown, Robert Klein Engler, and Paul McComas

Brown and Engler perform poetry, and McComas presents Now I Know My ABCs, his monologue dramatizing a young woman's struggle with schizophrenia and her brother's struggle to understand her. Mad Bar, 1 PM.

Come Dip On In: Love Stories From the Big Bar

Sandi Chaplin presents a spoken-word performance. The Note, 1 PM.

The Glass Show

See listing for 1 PM Saturday. Wicker Park lawn, 1425 N. Damen, 1 to 5 PM.

Three Steps in the Interior Castle

Jason Winslade presents a spoken-word performance. The Note, 1:40 PM.

Karen Stockwell

Stockwell performs her poetry. The Note, 2:15 PM.

Helene Smith

Smith performs her poetry. The Note, 2:30 PM.

Water Walker

Trevor Martin presents a spoken-word performance. The Note, 2:50 PM.

True Theatre Critic

See listing for 3 PM Saturday. Chopin Theatre, main stage, 3 PM.

Roby's

J.J. Jameson hosts a spoken-word performance featuring Frank Varela, Larry Winfield, and David Gecic. Mad Bar, 3 PM.

Image Bomb

See listing for 7 PM Thursday. Yello Gallery, 1630 N. Milwaukee, 3 PM.

Shelley Miller

Miller performs her poetry. The Note, 3:30 PM.

Epistrophy

David Starkey and Richard Guzman present poetry and guitar music. The Note, 3:50 PM.

Hope, Love, and Fate

See listing for 4 PM Saturday. Chopin Theatre, main stage, 4 PM.

Poets on Pedestals

This spoken-word ensemble, directed by Effie Mihopoulos, performs "a pastiche of poetic text" by Mihopoulos and other company members. The writer-speakers act as keys of a "human marimba" who sound out images instead of notes when Mihopoulos "strikes" them. The Note, 4:30 PM.

Mental Graffiti

Ana Chron and Krystal host and headline this spoken-word program. Mad Bar, 5 PM.

Image Bomb

See listing for 7 PM Thursday. Yello Gallery, 1630 N. Milwaukee, 6 PM.

The 58 Group

See listing for 7 PM Thursday. Chopin Theatre, main stage, 7 PM.

Blood\Memory

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

Abby Schachner: Unplugged

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

Extreme

See listing for 7 PM Thursday. Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, 7 PM.

Romeo and Juliet

See listing for 7 PM Thursday. Association House, front lawn, 7 PM.

Oyez Review

Jeff Helgeson hosts an evening of poetry featuring Maria McCray, Mike Puican, Emily Calvo, and Effie Mihopoulos. Mad Bar, 7 PM.

Angels Among Us

See listing for 7:30 PM Thursday. Chopin Theatre, studio, 7:30 PM.

Massive

See listing for 8 PM Thursday. Chopin Theatre, main stage, 8 PM.

Squat

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

El Gato Negro

See listing for 8 PM Thursday. Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, 8 PM.

Dummydown@antichrist.com

See listing for 9 PM Thursday. Chopin Theatre, main stage, 9 PM.

School

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

How Far Are You Ready to Go?

See listing for 9 PM Thursday. Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, 9 pm.

The Movie Walk

See listing for 10 PM Thursday. Trap Door Theatre, 10 PM.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): True Theater Critic uncredited photo.

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