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The 12th annual edition of this multidisciplinary fall arts festival, which was founded by the late Jim Happy-Delpech to showcase artists in Chicago's Wicker Park and Bucktown neighborhoods, features offbeat theatrical fare ranging from the Schadenfreude improv group to stage versions of Anne Sexton poems and Heckle & Jeckle cartoons. The following listings are based on information provided by theater coordinator Jonathan Pitts; see listings elsewhere in this issue for information on poetry, dance, film, musical attractions, and visual art. Performances take place September 6 through 9 at the main-stage and studio spaces of the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division, and at other locations noted in the listings below (which are subject to change). Admission to all theater and performance events is free, but donations will be requested after each show. Daily admission to the festival's main exhibition sites is $5; for more information call 773-342-6777 or visit the festival's Web site at www.aroundthecoyote.org.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6

Opening Bash

This "multimedia soiree" launches the festival with music, video, slides, and food and refreshments. Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee, 6 PM. Special admission $10 (free for artists participating in the festival).

Going Home: My Life in a Funeral Home

Kaysea Productions presents

writer-performer Kerstin Caldwell's comic solo show about growing up in her parents' funeral home. Chopin Theatre, 7 PM.

Rockaby

See Critic's Choice. The performance starts at 8 PM; viewers should gather by 7:45 PM at the northeast corner of Leavitt and Pierce, from where they will be shepherded to the performance space.

Moving Faster by Standing Still

Writer-director Stephanie McCanles's multimedia performance piece, which features video and sound by Greg Smith, examines "addiction, accident, and control" by interweaving the stories of a formerly drug-addicted stroke victim and a woman suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. It's presented by the Hungermark Ensemble. Chopin Theatre, 8 PM.

Schadenfreude

The improv troupe presents a program of satiric sketches with music. Chopin Theatre, 9 PM.

Rockaby

See Critic's Choice. The performance starts at 10 PM; viewers should gather by 9:45 PM at the northeast corner of Leavitt and Pierce, from where they will be shepherded to the performance space.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7

Going Home: My Life in a Funeral Home

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

Rockaby

See Critic's Choice. The performance starts at 8 PM; viewers should gather by 7:45 PM at the northeast corner of Leavitt and Pierce, from where they will be shepherded to the performance space.

Moving Faster by Standing Still

See Critic's Choice. Chopin Theatre, 8 PM.

Schadenfreude

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

Rockaby

See Critic's Choice. The performance starts at 10 PM; viewers should gather by 9:45 PM at the northeast corner of Leavitt and Pierce, from where they will be shepherded to the performance space.

Heckle & Jeckle--the Talking Magpies

Faux Wings Productions (ouch) presents Jonathan Pitts's stage adaptation of three Terrytoon cartoon shorts from the 1940s. Chopin Theatre, 10:30 PM.

Blah, Blah, Blah: A Two-Person Clown Show

Asylum 137 presents a clown theater piece featuring "two clowns (one female, one male), a wooden box, and one mission." Chopin Theatre, 11 PM.

Rockaby

See Critic's Choice. The performance starts at midnight; viewers should gather by 11:45 PM at the northeast corner of Leavitt and Pierce, from where they will be shepherded to the performance space.

MPAACT Urban Griot Project

The Ma'at Production Association of Afrikan Centered Theatre presents a program of improv and spontaneous storytelling. Chopin Theatre, midnight.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

Sailing From the Moon

Blackjack Productions presents a workshop staging of Nick Jones's drama about two people in doomed relationships. Chopin Theatre, 1 PM.

Soiree Dada

The WNEP Theater Foundation presents a program of Dada-style performance. "Someone sitting in the audience for this fascinating hour-long [show] may well wonder how long the silence, screaming, gibberish, and baffling exchanges will last. The evening almost defies description, but that, after all, is the point of dadaism. . . . Erratic in tone and abstract in content--as it should be--Soiree Dada may be most provocative in demonstrating how acquiescent audiences are even when facing a chaotic and confrontational performance," said Reader critic Jenn Goddu when she reviewed the show's earlier run. Wicker Park fountain, 1425 N. Damen, 2 PM.

Ache for the Stage and The Slope

The first piece on this double bill is a solo performance by Nicole Garneau about feminism in the theater. The second work is a play by Sentient Productions about an encounter between a lesbian and the straight brother of her lover. Chopin Theatre, 3 PM.

Soiree Dada

See listing for 2 PM Saturday. Wicker Park fountain, 1425 N. Damen, 4 PM.

Transformations

The Common Air Theatre offers its adaptation of Anne Sexton poems inspired by classic fairy tales. Chopin Theatre, 5 PM.

Going Home: My Life in a Funeral Home

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

Rockaby

See Critic's Choice. The performance starts at 8 PM; viewers should gather by 7:45 PM at the northeast corner of Leavitt and Pierce, from where they will be shepherded to the performance space.

Moving Faster by Standing Still

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

Schadenfreude

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

Rockaby

See Critic's Choice. The performance starts at 10 PM; viewers should gather by 9:45 PM at the northeast corner of Leavitt and Pierce, from where they will be shepherded to the performance space.

Heckle & Jeckle--the Talking Magpies

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

Blah, Blah, Blah: A Two-Person Clown Show

See listing for 11 PM Friday. Chopin Theatre, 11 PM.

Rockaby

See Critic's Choice. The performance starts at midnight; viewers should gather by 11:45 PM at the northeast corner of Leavitt and Pierce, from where they will be shepherded to the performance space.

MPAACT Urban Griot Project

See listing for midnight Friday. Chopin Theatre, midnight.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9

Sailing From the Moon

See listing for 1 PM Saturday. Chopin Theatre, 1 PM.

Soiree Dada

See listing for 2 PM Saturday. Wicker Park fountain, 1425 N. Damen, 2 PM.

Ache for the Stage and The Slope

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

Soiree Dada

See listing for 2 PM Saturday. Wicker Park fountain, 1425 N. Damen, 4 PM.

Transformations

See listing for 5 PM Saturday. Chopin Theatre, 5 PM.

Going Home: My Life in a Funeral Home

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

Rockaby

See Critic's Choice. The performance starts at 8 PM; viewers should gather by 7:45 PM at the northeast corner of Leavitt and Pierce, from where they will be shepherded to the performance space.

Moving Faster by Standing Still

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

Schadenfreude

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

Rockaby

See Critic's Choice. The performance starts at 10 PM; viewers should gather by 9:45 PM at the northeast corner of Leavitt and Pierce, from where they will be shepherded to the performance space.

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