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This ambitious 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; in addition to the Curious folks, participating artists this year include John Starrs, Julie Caffey, Michael K. Meyers, Michael Martin, and many other ensembles and soloists. Taking its name from surrealist painter Salvador Dali's use of the term "rhinocerontic" (it means real big), the 13th annual Rhino Fest runs August 30-October 13. Performances take place at the Lunar Cabaret, 2827 N. Lincoln, and at Prop Thtr, 4225 N. Lincoln. Admission is $10 or "pay what you can"; for information and reservations, call 773-327-6666.

Following is the schedule for August 30 through September 5; a complete schedule is available on-line at www.chicagoreader.com.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 30

Flush

Two women "plumb the depths of memory and dream" in this comedy by KellyAnn Corcoran. Gregory Werstler directs. Lunar Cabaret, 7 PM.

Up to the Sky

See Critic's Choice. Lunar Cabaret, 9 PM.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 31

Discovery Tales

The Curious Theatre Branch performs a quartet of stories by Bryn Magnus under Ron Bieganski's direction. "Magnus's writing explodes with adventurous wordplay and riveting imagery," said Reader critic Justin Hayford when he reviewed these pieces as part of Steppenwolf Theatre Company's Love & Sin: A Solo Experience earlier this year. Lunar Cabaret, 7 PM.

Up to the Sky

See Critic's Choice. Lunar Cabaret, 9 PM.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1

Up to the Sky

See Critic's Choice. Lunar Cabaret, 3 PM.

Deep Listening and Mazel

The Still Point Theatre Collective presents two one-woman plays. Deep Listening, written by Teresa Weed and performed by Lisa Wagner, examines the experiences of dying patients and their caregivers. Playwright-actor Karine Koret's Mazel is based on interviews with her Polish grandfather, who escaped from Nazi-occupied Poland. Lunar Cabaret, 7 PM.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2

Stalking Spalding Gray

This piece, written and performed by Steven Schwarz, is based on real and imagined confrontations between Schwarz and celeb monologuist Spalding Gray. Lunar Cabaret, 7 PM.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3

New Antarctica, A Babel Fish for Charlie Brown's Mom, and Tales From the Crib

The first piece on this triple bill,

written and directed by Dan Telfer, involves a man fighting his gregarious alter ego. "Telfer's funny, poignant

New Antarctica explores daydreams

as self-imposed exile," said Reader

critic Kerry Reid when she reviewed

the show as part of Flush Puppy Productions' "Night Visions" last

year. Rory Jobst's A Babel Fish for Charlie Brown's Mom concerns a 1970s video game pioneer; Tales From the

Crib, by Laurel Haines, examines the darker side of family life. Lunar Cabaret, 7 PM.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4

Hangtown

A history professor returns to the small western hometown she abandoned after high school in Heidi Broadhead's play. Ned O'Reilly directs. Lunar Cabaret, 7 PM.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5

Deep Listening

See listing for Sunday, September 1. Lunar Cabaret, 7 PM.

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