The 50-odd groups appealing in the eight-week "festival of Chicago's international arts" include a dozen theater companies and performance artists; those performing November 15 through 21 are described below. These listings refer to theater and performance art offerings only; on nights when only one performance is listed here, be assured at least one other program of music, dance, or poetry is also planned, with discount prices available to viewers buying a ticket to all performances on a single night. (A pass to the whole festival costs $40.) All events (which are subject to change) take place at the Blue Rider Theatre, 1822 S. Halsted; for more information, call 733-4668.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15
LYNN BOOK The performance artist's solo piece Physical Vision addresses issues of gender and sexuality. "This seductive, hypnotic, and highly personal work . . . challenges us with a singularly unusual image: a woman sensually engaged with her own body," wrote Reader critic Justin Hayford of the work's premiere in 198 9. 9:15 PM. $6; $10 for this show and the poetry-music performance by David Hernandez and Street Sounds that precedes it at 8 PM.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16
ABIOGENESIS MOVEMENT ENSEMBLE This group, which fuses dance and drama influences into a distinctive theatrical style, performs its environmental-awareness piece Wasted: A Brief History of Garbage in a matinee intended to reach young audiences. Viewers are urged to "BYOG"--bring your own garbage to be incorporated into the show. 2 PM. $6.
LYNN BOOK The performance artist offers a double bill of her works: Physical Vision (see description under Friday, November 15) and Tongue, whose theme is "the density and fluidity of language as a maker of meaning and aural eroticism." 8 PM. $10.
ABIOGENESIS MOVEMENT ENSEMBLE and PRECIPICE The Abiogenesis movement-theater troupe teams up with the Precipice new-music group for Precious Generator, a work in progress described by an Abiogenesis spokesperson as "sort of a religious epic" about early humans and fallen angels (including an electric-guitar-playing Lucifer). 11 PM. $6.