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This "convergence of Chicago artists," presented by Performing Arts Chicago and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, runs weekends March 12-April 18. The avant-garde showcase features more than 200 presentations by some of the city's most adventurous artists working in the disciplines of theater, performance, circus arts, storytelling, dance, music, video, and sound and installation art--including Plasticene, Local Infinities, A Red Orchid Theatre, Asimina Chremos, Sheldon B. Smith, 500 Clown, Mathew Wilson, Lucky Pierre, Goat Island, David Kodeski, Mad Shak Dance Company, Connor Kalista, the Walkabout Theater Company, Carol Genetti, the Bumblinni Brothers, and the Curious Theatre Branch. All activities take place at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport; the sprawling arts complex hosts often simultaneous performances and installations on its main and studio stages and in offices, lounges, hallways, stairwells, and other spaces. The principal performance spaces are the first-floor main stage and Studio 1; Studio 2 and Studio 3 on the second and third floors respectively; and the main-stage balcony lobby on the second floor in the rear of the building. (The second- and third-floor spaces must be reached by stairs.) The fest also offers workshops and panels with participating artists as shown below. Prices for most events range from $5 to $20, though workshops generally cost more and some events and installations are free; see listings for details. For tickets and more information, and to register for workshops, call Performing Arts Chicago at 773-722-5463. Tickets can also be purchased through Ticketmaster by calling 312-902-1500 or logging on to www.ticketmaster.com.

Following is the schedule through March 14; a complete schedule is available online at www.chicagoreader.com.

FRIDAY, MARCH 12

The Surrender Office

Conceptual artist Mathew Wilson will, according to a press release, "be available for a confidential, one-on-one consultation regarding the client's need to surrender to any person, object or idea. . . . At a mutually ageed upon time and place, Mr. Wilson will surrender on your behalf, wielding a large white flag and noble demeanor." Coat check room, 7-10 PM. Free. ¥Wilson and collaborator Adam Brooks will also team up for a weekly stunt on the streets--dates and times to be posted online at www.industryoftheordinary.com. Free.

Asimina Chremos Dance

Asimina Chremos Dance presents substage, a 20-minute solo piece. Basement dressing room, 7, 8, 9, and 10 PM. $5.

My Name Is Mudd

See Critic's Choice. Studio 1, 7:30 PM. $15.

Mavens of Video Art

The Walkabout Theater Company's Stephan Mazurek compiled this collection of experimental videos. The screening features established artists including Bill Viola and Edin Velez. Studio 2, 7:30 PM. $5.

500 Clown Frankenstein

The troupe that skewered Shakespeare in 500 Clown Macbeth takes on Mary Shelley's creation in this revised version of its 2003 production. Company members Adrian Danzig, Molly Brennan, and Paul Kalina are delightfully grotesque, dolled up in rapidly deteriorating costumes decorated with strategically placed bloodstains. Their generally edgy performances are enhanced by harrowing physical comedy that repeatedly brings the actors to the brink of injury. But while the group's utter inability to retell Frankenstein is charming for a while, their haplessness wears thin about halfway through, when it becomes clear the novel is merely an excuse for clowning. (JHa) Studio 3, 7:30 PM. $15.

Windows Server 2003/Active Directory Infrastructure

The theater company DOG presents a "rarefied staging of Microsoft's most current market offering." Studio 1, 10 PM. $15.

Lot's Wife

The Local Infinities performance troupe draws on the Bible for this "comical exploration of grief and loss." Studio 2, 10 PM. $15.

The Misadventures of Kid Kitten and the King of the Bathhouse

Matthew Hollis blends dance and sketch comedy in this tale of "a hopeful hero slinking around our city at night." Studio 3, 10 PM. $15.

In the Solitude of Cotton Fields

A Red Orchid Theatre remounts its 2003 staging of French playwright Bernard-Marie Koltes's 1986 existential drama, in which two men--the Dealer and the Client--meet at "the hour when, ordinarily, man and beast are falling savagely one upon another." In this taut, mystifying, and deadly difficult work, the characters trade dense poetic monologues for 75 minutes, dissecting the indeterminacy of human desire. While the playwright's fascination with the dealer-client relationship seems at times more obstinate than evocative, his images are tantalizing, and his unsparing approach fascinates. Director Dexter Bullard avoids all gimmicks in this bare-bones production, letting the play proceed on its own maddeningly secretive terms. (JHa) Main-stage balcony lobby, 10 PM. $15.

SATURDAY, MARCH 13

Goat Island Workshop

This intensive workshop--conducted in two sessions today and tomorrow morning--examines the various disciplines of performance art. Participants are advised to wear comfortable clothing. Studios 2 and 3, 10 AM-4 PM. $60 for both sessions.

Rock and Roll: Impatience

Lucky Pierre debuts its latest performance piece--"an examination of rock 'n' roll without any rock 'n' roll." Studio 1, 4:30 PM. $5.

The Surrender Office

See listing for 7 PM Friday, March 12. Coat check room, 7-10 PM. Free.

Asimina Chremos Dance

See listing for 7 PM Friday, March 12. Basement dressing room, 7, 8, 9, and 10 PM. $5.

SecondPlace

This multimedia performance piece by GirlCharlie is centered on Charlie Levin's wax paintings. Lobby studio, 7:30 and 10 PM. $15.

Windows Server 2003/Active Directory Infrastructure

See listing for 10 PM Friday, March 12. Studio 1, 7:30 PM. $15.

The Misadventures of Kid Kitten and the King of the Bathhouse

See listing for 10 PM Friday, March 12. Studio 3, 7:30 PM. $15.

A Reading With Jonathan Goldstein

This American Life contributor Jonathan Goldstein will recite "whining tales of love's neglect"; Ira Glass hosts. Main stage, 8 PM. $20.

Air Tact Light

Brian Torrey Scott's partially scripted piece--commissioned by the festival and making its debut here--pits two sets of actors against each other. Studio 2, 8 PM. $15.

The Angel in Moloch

Free Street uses spoken word, hip-hop, and video in its exploration of Allen Ginsberg's Howl. Studio 1, 9:30 PM. $15.

Lot's Wife

See listing for 10 PM Friday, March 12. Studio 2, 10 PM. $15.

500 Clown Frankenstein

See listing for 7:30 PM Friday, March 12. Studio 3, 10 PM. $15.

In the Solitude of Cotton Fields

See listing for 10 PM Friday, March 12. Main-stage balcony lobby, 10 PM. $15.

SUNDAY, MARCH 14

Goat Island Workshop

See listing for 10 AM Saturday, March 13. Studios 2 and 3, noon-4 PM.

The Surrender Office

See listing for 7 PM Friday, March 12. Coat check room, 3-6 PM. Free.

Asimina Chremos Dance

See listing for 7 PM Friday, March 12. Basement dressing room, 3, 4, 5, and 6 PM. $5.

Windows Server 2003/Active Directory Infrastructure

See listing for 10 PM Friday, March 12. Studio 1, 3:30 PM. $15.

500 Clown Frankenstein

See listing for 7:30 PM Friday, March 12. Studio 3, 3:30 PM. $15.

SecondPlace

See listing for 7:30 PM Saturday, March 13. Lobby studio, 4 PM. $15.

My Name Is Mudd

See Critic's Choice. Studio 1, 6 PM, $15.

Lot's Wife

See listing for 10 PM Friday, March 12. Studio 2, 6 PM. $15.

The Misadventures of Kid Kitten and the King of the Bathhouse

See listing for 10 PM Friday, March 12. Studio 3, 6 PM. $15.

In the Solitude of Cotton Fields

See listing for 10 PM Friday, March 12. Main-stage balcony lobby, 6 PM. $15.

False Walls: Label Showcase

The record label False Walls showcases three experimental music acts--Tiny Hairs, Molar, and Gene Coleman & Jonathan Chen. (See Critic's Choice in Music listings.) Studio 1, 9 PM. $10.

ONGOING MARCH 12-APRIL 18

Good and Bad Things Come From Explosions

Heather Hubbs and Lorelei Stewart curated this showing of 15 Chicago-area visual artists. Throughout the Athenaeum, ongoing during festival hours. Free. There'll be a free tour of the installation on Saturday, March 27, at 5 PM.

Handle With Care: Direct Mail and the American Dream

This installation by the group GirlCharlie uses direct mail from sweepstakes and political groups to "immerse spectators in the language of hate, fear, and greed." Second floor, ongoing during festival hours. Free.

Mossans Saga (The Moss' Tale)

Participants can put on a moss hat with speakers to interact with "an oversized fairytale book" in this installation by Swedish artist Malin Lindelow. Curtain Call Club, first floor, ongoing during festival hours. Free.

Ra=Raw/Spirit

Malin Lindelow invokes the skogsra—a dangerous figure from Swedish folklore with the body of a woman and the tail of a beast—in this video installation. Curtain Call Club, first floor, ongoing during festival hours. Free.

Sodium Chloride

Local Infinities' visual installation serves as a companion piece to their Lot's Wife (see listing for 10 PM Friday, March 12). Second floor, ongoing during festival hours. Free.

Unmaking the World: Measuring Our Chances Again

Artists Dolores Wilber and Frances Whitehead use globes, weather balloons, circus imagery, and a grand piano in this visual installation that examines "the political and ecological events threatening to unravel our civilization." Stairwell and second-floor balcony, ongoing during festival hours. Free.

Watercloset(s)

Sandra Binion's video installation forms a diptych, using images of water and fragments of conversations between men and women to explore the tension between intimacy and public space. Men's and women's restrooms, ongoing during festival hours. Free.

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