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My advice: Poke around. Pull strings, push levers, put your head through holes. There's a lot going on in this interactive "non-theater theatrical event" even though when you walk into Redmoon's cavernous space what you first see is the usual monumental spectacle, in this case oceans of blue paint punctuated by puffy white painted and 3-D clouds. Though many of the pieces--more sculptural than performative--are based on creation myths, the real point isn't the big picture but the small one: what you and various artists did or might do with junk drawers, old lamps and furniture, attics full of cast-off clothes and papers. I don't want to spoil any surprises, but among the coolest pieces are Josh Schultz's "The Great Flood," Kass Copeland's "The Flower Goddess' Garden," and Carolyn Defrin and Tracy Otwell's "Howl." My personal favorites, however, were the boxes made by anonymous artists who filled them with feathers, buttons, snaps, little plastic horses, poems on scraps of paper, inexplicable glass ovals, and the like. Of course Joseph Cornell was doing similar work decades ago, but there's something satisfying about opening a lid and discovering a secret world on your own. Through 12/23: Wed-Fri 6:30-9 PM, Sat-Sun 3-8 PM, Redmoon Central, 1463 W. Hubbard, 312-850-8440, ext. 111, $10.

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