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This annual showcase of experimental theater, performance, and music from Chicago's fringe began as part of the Bucktown Arts Fest; now it's produced by the Curious Theatre Branch. Taking its name from surrealist painter Salvador Dali's use of the term "rhinocerontic" (it means real big), the 11th annual Rhino Fest runs through October 14 at the Lunar Cabaret, 2827 N. Lincoln. Admission is $10 or "pay what you can"; for information and reservations, call 773-327-6666.

Following is the schedule for October 12 through 14, based on information available Monday.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12

Carving Wood and Midwest Parking

The first play on this double bill is a comedy by Nicole Kupper about a woman obsessed with Ping-Pong and her relationship with her daughter and the daughter's fiance; the second, presented by Cougar Cougar Productions, is a comedy by writer-director Mike Hansel. 8 PM.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13

The Puppet Show of Don Cristobal and Virgin in Three Parts, Part One: "Saint Christina the Astonishing"

The first portion of this double bill is Federico Garcia Lorca's slapstick puppet play based on the characters of Don Cristobal and Miss Rosita, the Andalusian version of Punch and Judy; it's performed by puppeteer Blair Thomas. The second half is the Billy Goat Experiment's portrait of a virgin martyr. "[In] their startling 'toy theater' retelling of the life of Saint Christina, they produce work with all the mystery, intrigue, and hyperbole due their subjects," said Reader critic Justin Hayford when he reviewed the Billy Goat production's earlier run. 8 PM.

Geek Love

Theater for the Age of Gold presents Jeff Dorchen and Jeff Kowalkowski's musical version of Katherine Dunn's book about a family of circus freaks. "[The] play all too faithfully presents a version of the world that's rank, pointless, and repulsive. [The] question remains whether investing so much talent and creativity in this source constitutes an innovation or a mistake. At the very least, fans of the book . . . will want to see Geek Love. You may argue about it, but you can't dismiss it," says Reader critic Kelly Kleiman. 10 PM.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14

The Puppet Show of Don Cristobal and Virgin in Three Parts,

Part One: "Saint Christina the Astonishing"

See listing for Friday. 8 PM.

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Ian Belknap, in the role of Mephistopheles, hosts a program of monologues about the seven deadly sins. 10 PM.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Stephanie Howard.

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