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Faerie Frolic Arts Festival

Randolph Street Gallery may have ceased operation as a presenter of visual and performance art, but the River West space is due for one last event--a week of indoor camping (in several senses of the word) by the Radical Faeries, a loose-knit international movement "concerned with issues of spirituality, sexuality, gender, nature, and the celebration of individual expression" (to quote a press release). The faeries are dedicated to finding alternatives to mainstream gay and lesbian culture, an effort often characterized by a whimsically irreverent, rural-flavored sensibility and an interest in pantheistic neopaganism. Next week, a flock of faeries will nest in the RSG space, seeking to create an "urban utopia"--and the public is invited to their almost daily performances, screenings, and rituals. Hosted by the Chicago Radical Faerie Circle, the Faerie Frolic Arts Festival features as special guests the Eggplant Faerie Players from Tennessee, performing their decidedly unorthodox Jewish biblical pageant, Next Year in Sodom. The week also includes a video screening, a program of short theater pieces, a cabaret evening, and a climactic spring equinox ritual; participating local artists include Lawrence Steger, Fausto Fernos, Gregg Shapiro, Brian Gary Kirst, Rico Hewson, Peter Mohawk, and many others. At the space formerly known as Randolph Street Gallery, 756 N. Milwaukee, 773-327-4302. March 16 through 22: see the listing under Performance for full schedule and prices. --Albert Williams

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo by Martin O'Connor.

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