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Estrogen Fest 2003: Female Identity--It's Not Just About the Hair

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Previously produced by the Aardvark theater company, this third annual festival of women's theater has been taken over by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs in conjunction with Prop Thtr. Running April 3-May 10, the festival features artists in the fields of theater, performance, poetry, dance, and music; scheduled participants include Karen Finley, Stephanie Shaw, Margi Cole, Laura McKenzie, Jessica Thebus, Susan Nussbaum, Tekki Lomnicki, Nana Shineflug, Teatro Luna, and Babes With Blades. Three different programs of live music, theater, dance, poetry, and performance art run at the Storefront Theater in the Gallery 37 Center for the Arts, 66 E. Randolph; Storefront Theater programs cost $12 apiece or $30 for all three. Additional specially priced events take place at other venues as shown below. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 312-742-8497 or on-line at www.ticketweb.com; more information is available at www.estrogenfest-chicago.com.

Following is the schedule through April 10; a complete schedule is available on-line at www.chicagoreader.com

THURSDAY, APRIL 3

Female Identity 1: Extra Body

The band Apartment opens and closes the show, which also features monologuist Stephanie Shaw in her "meta-theatrical" piece Estrus Estranged; Pamela Peterson singing "Song of the Self-help Junkie" and "Making Love Alone" (April 3-5 only); Marilyn Campbell and Laurie Larson reciting poetry by Susan Hahn and Anne Sexton; the stage-combat ensemble Babes With Blades; Teatro Luna in Piece of Ass, a play about Jennifer Lopez; We Are Our Mothers' Daughters, a short play written by Sean Graney and directed by Ann Filmer; "She's the One," a group musical number; and dancer Margi Cole performing "Truth," an excerpt from Reel to Real (April 3-5 only). Storefront Theater, 7:30 PM.

FRIDAY, APRIL 4

Female Identity 1: Extra Body

See listing for Thursday, April 3. Storefront Theater, 7:30 PM.

Shut Up and Love Me!

See Critic's Choice. Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln, 773-935-6100. 10:30 PM; $29.50.

SATURDAY, APRIL 5

Female Identity 1: Extra Body

See listing for Thursday, April 3. Storefront Theater, 7:30 PM.

Shut Up and Love Me!

See Critic's Choice. Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln, 773-935-6100. 11:30 PM; $29.50.

SUNDAY, APRIL 6

Karen Finley

The once notorious performance artist greets admirers and discusses her work. Prop Thtr, 4225 N. Lincoln, 773-348-7767. 7 PM; $25.

THURSDAY, APRIL 10

Female Identity 1: Extra Body

See listing for Thursday, April 3. For shows April 10-12, Pamela Peterson is replaced by Kat' Taylor singing "Song of the Self-help Junkie" and "Making Love Alone" and Margi Cole is replaced by M.K. Victorson and Lotti Phariss competing for the title of "Miss Lake Luther." Storefront Theater, 7:30 PM.

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