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Bailiwick Repertory and the Lesbian Theatre Initiative have teamed up to present the first edition of what they hope will be an annual multidisciplinary lesbian-centered fest showcasing drama, stage combat, poetry, comedy, and music by artists from around the country as well as Chicago. The event runs through May 4 at the Bailiwick Arts Center, 1229 W. Belmont. Individual ticket prices are shown below; a festival pass costs $50. In addition to the shows, the festival sponsors workshops on performance techniques taught by Cin Salach and Bev Spangler Saturdays at noon; admission to these is $10 or "pay what you can" at the door. Also, an art exhibit in the Bailiwick lobby will display work by Jennifer Brown, Lorell Butler, Amy Cassata, Ava Jonson, and Heather Schmaedeke. For reservations and information call 773-883-1090 or visit www.Bailiwick.org.

Following is the schedule for April 12 through 18; a complete festival schedule is available on-line at www.chicagoreader.com.

FRIDAY, APRIL 12

Laugh, Rattle and Roll: An Evening of Comedy and Combat

The Dykes in the City comedy group offer their views on dating in the new millennium. Members of R&D Fightshop and Babes With Blades take part in a display of stage violence to the accompaniment of live percussion. And GayCo Productions presents a selection of lesbian- and gay-oriented comic sketches. 7:30 PM; $15-$18.

Dyke Mic

This open-mike program features monologuists, poets, comics, musicians, and more. For more information, contact Iti@bailiwick.org. 10:30 PM; $3, $2 for performers.

SATURDAY, APRIL 13

Laugh, Rattle and Roll: An Evening of Comedy and Combat

See listing for Friday, April 12. 7 PM; $15-$18.

SUNDAY, APRIL 14

Laugh, Rattle and Roll: An Evening of Comedy and Combat

See listing for Friday, April 12. 5 PM; $15-$18.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17

Dutch Love

Kelli Strickland directs a reading of a new play by Claudia Allen. 7:30 PM; $12-$15.

THURSDAY, APRIL 18

Words . . . a Reflective Evening of Verse

Cin Salach, Kay Barrett, RoiAnn Phillips, Abe Louise Young, and Elon Cameron team up for a spoken-word performance. 7:30 PM; $10-$12.

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