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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 18 through 25; a complete festival schedule is available on-line at www.chicagoreader.com.

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.

FRIDAY, APRIL 19

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 20

L.A.F. Laffs Stand-up Comedy

Jen Slusser, Tara DeFrancisco, Sapna Kumar, and Denise Johnson share the stage for an evening of humor. 7 PM; $12-$15.

SUNDAY, APRIL 21

Sound/Motion

Tonight's edition of the festival's music series features the Artemis Singers, a lesbian-feminist chorus that performs music by women. 5 PM; $10-$12.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24

Sound/Motion

This program of music features a diverse array of idioms. Participants include rock vocalist Ripley Caine; the rock band Heather's Damage (whose name is inspired by one of the musicians' favorite movies, Heathers); Summer Chance; Waxer; and folk-rock singer-songwriter Ellen Rosner. 7:30 PM; $10-$12.

THURSDAY, APRIL 25

One Night*Three Worlds: Three Short Plays

This evening of one-acts features the Stockyards Theatre Project's production of Running From the Red Girl, Linda Eisenstein's comedy about a woman who consults a therapist-shaman about her anger-management problems; the Pintig Cultural Group's production of Sister OutLaw, Lani T. Montreal's meditation on love in its various forms; and Southside, a monologue written and performed by Dee Bolos. 7:30 PM; $12-$15.

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