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Big Goddess Pow Wow Eleven: Big Goddess Nation


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The early 90s were boom years for solo performance in Chicago--and the Big Goddess Pow Wows played a role. Formed in the shadow of the first gulf war, these often hilarious showcases captured the anarchic spirit of the times. Now the original Big Three--Paula Killen, Marcia Wilkie, and Lisa Buscani--return from LA, LA, and New York respectively to stir the pot all over again. Killen (whose Music Kills a Memory remains one of my favorite shows from those years) has been working with the experimental Zoo District theater company in Hollywood and developing stage and film projects. Wilkie--whose best work can be quietly affecting or hilarious, negotiating the terrain between stand-up comedy and autobiographical monologue--has been working in "various parts of the entertainment industry." And slam poetry champ/former Neo-Futurist Buscani has been donning the nun's habit in Late Night Catechism for several years now. Big Goddess Nation also ropes in local poets, performers, musicians, and all-around shit stirrers, including Cin Salach and Brigid Murphy. Circuit Nightclub, 3641 N. Halsted, 773-871-7610. March 27-29: Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 PM. Thursday: guest host Joan Jett-Blakk and the bands Stewed Tomatoes and Sweet Accord. Friday: guest host Honey West, musician Ellen Rosner, and writers Donna Rose, Lisa Alvarado, and RoiAnn Phillips. Saturday: slam poet Duriel Harris, actors Bev Spangler and Lisa Samra, singer Patty Elvis, and cohost Jessica Halem. $25.

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