This multidisciplinary performing arts festival, hosted by the Pilsen area's Blue Rider Theatre, runs through December 17, with shows most Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 7 PM, as well as children's matinees on selected Saturdays and Sundays at 3 PM and the occasional late-night extra. Most evenings feature two or more artists, with intermissions between each act. Blue Rider Theatre, 1822 S. Halsted, 733-4668. Tickets: $10 a night except where noted in the listings below; $60 for a festival pass (good for all performances); some student and senior discounts available.
The Reader carries festival listings on a week-by-week basis; following is the schedule for December 8 through 10.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8
What Will We Do? What Will We Do? and The Life and Times of Jewboy Cain, a Musical Novel for the Stage
The first of these two performance pieces is Dolores Wilber's movement-based investigation of "the nature of work relationships." The second is Jeffrey Dorchen's one-man show about a Jewish folksinger's unorthodox career. "Dorchen's wicked monologue . . . is one bizarre ride--a fanciful, dark, perversely funny, strangely perspicuous, at times tasteless, vividly entertaining, beautifully paced tequila-influenced journey. . . . This is a great show despite its structural or philosophical difficulties," says Reader critic Carmela Rago of this Theater for the Age of Gold presentation, billed as the show's last Chicago performance. 8 PM.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9
The Body Is a City, Shame, and Louise McKissick
A.T. Fearnside's The Body Is a City is described as "a performance/meditation
. . . about the invisible effect of the urban structure on the individual and society." Shame, by So Yong Kim, is listed as "a performance musical." And McKissick presents an untitled monologue about her trip to the recent, debate-wracked U.N. World Conference on Women. 8 PM.
This performance group's name stands for Music and Sound Sculptures; choreographed movement is also part of the multidisciplinary nature of the ensemble's work, in which original compositions are performed on invented instruments. 11 PM. $5.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10
Period Mythologies, What You Can't Have, and MASS
The first item on tonight's program is Carol Genetti's shadow-puppet performance, which embellishes and deconstructs the mystery of menstrual cycles. The piece features "love vocals" by Genetti and Steve Seddon as well as an audio collage by Scott Marshall. What You Can't Have, by Jeff Callen and Matt Kelly, is "an agnostic's multimedia performance which objectifies the voice of God." And the MASS new-music ensemble performs movement and sonic works on invented instruments. 7 PM.