Around the Coyote Fall Arts Festival 

This annual event, running 9/8-9/11, showcases the work of emerging artists in Chicago's Wicker Park/Bucktown area. Theater, performance, spoken word, dance, music, film and video, and visual art are all represented in the 16th annual edition of this festival. Plays are presented at the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division; Open End Gallery, 2000 W. Fulton; Wicker Park, 1425 N. Damen; and Pritzker Elementary School, 2009 W. Schiller. Dance is at the Vittum Theater, 1012 N. Noble. Music and spoken-word events take place at various venues as listed below. Admission to theater performances is $7 per show or $15 for an entire evening, unless otherwise indicated. (A weekend theater pass, available on Friday only, costs $10.) Visual art exhibits include group shows at the Flat Iron Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee; at 1542 and 1608 N. Milwaukee; and at the Wicker Park field house, 1425 N. Damen, plus smaller displays at neighborhood businesses and artists' studios (see Critic's Choice). Admission to the main four exhibits is $5; hours are Friday 6-11 PM, Saturday 10 AM-11 PM, and Sunday 10 AM-6 PM. For more information, visit www.aroundthecoyote.org.

THURSDAY 8

Opening Party

The festival kicks off with a party featuring DJs DhakFu, Uncle Jazz, Sean Michaels, and Chip Chop, along with a silent auction and the opening of a site-specific installation by Aili Schmeltz, the Around the Coyote fall artist in residence. a Around the Coyote Gallery, 1935 1/2 W. North, 8 PM. $20.

FRIDAY 9

Dance

A program featuring Laila, Megan Beseth, Perpetual Motion, Inc., Subtext Dance Project, RTG Dance, Back & to the Left Productions, Aloft Aerial Dance, Melissa Mallinson, Jennifer Sandoval, Lauren Donaldson, and Julie Sanfillipo. a Vittum Theater, 8 PM.

ATC Short Film & Video Program

A 70-minute program of short works by Dennis Belogorsky, Brian McQuery, Rusty Nails, Bret August Tanzer, Kenneth Yoder, and Jim Zulevic. a Rodan, 1530 N. Milwaukee, 10 PM. $7.

Club Lucky

A lineup of local bands featuring performances hourly by Ripley Caine, Second Hand Poets, Fourth of July, Lucky Jackson Band, and Epicycle. a 1824 W. Wabansia, 5-10 PM. F

Cans Bar & Canteen

Catfight, an "all-girl cover band." a 1640 N. Damen, 7 PM. F

Salud Tequila Lounge

Dance music with live DJs. a 1471 N. Milwaukee. 9 PM. $10; includes free drink.

Piece

Milk at Midnight. a 1927 W. North, 9 PM. $5.

Masterpiece Surgery and Raft

Ground Up Theatre, an ensemble committed to "producing strong theatrical pieces that create a new voice and position for women in theater," presents Masterpiece Surgery, about the havoc that ensues when a plastic surgeon's body is taken over by the Baroque sculptor Bernini. The Rescuers' Raft is a set of new short plays written and directed by Sharon Lanza about love, memory, time, masonry, longing, Baltic shipwrecks, hope, and pinatas. a Chopin Theatre, 7 PM.

Safe Smiles

The Polyrhythmic arts collective performs. a Subterranean Lounge, 2011 W. North, 7 PM. $10 suggested donation.

Theatre of Women

Dream Theatre performs an original piece of theatrical monologues about "weapons and the women who aren't afraid to use them." a Open End Gallery, 7 PM.

Urban Renewal: Two One Acts

American Myth Theatre performs two plays by Gregory Hardigan about "Chicagoans [who] struggle for a hope in their changing worlds." a Chopin Theatre, 8 PM.

The Sweat Girls: The Life of the Party!

The veteran all-female monologuists cover a range of topics, including "playground bullies, karmic retribution, recently departed parents, and the art of saying 'no.'" a Open End Gallery, 8 PM.

Ugly Baby: 564 Things to Do With a Peanut and Bedfellas

4RingCircus.net presents a comedy by Philip Dawkins about a gay couple "getting married to the mob, kosher." Eric Reda directs. a Chopin Theatre, 9 PM.

The Best of Triplette

The ferocious three-woman sketch troupe Triplette blows through pretensions with sharp scenes culled from its previous shows. The wildly creative, laugh-out-loud sketches skewer mundane jobs, casual racism, exclusive organizations with arbitrary rules, and sex- and violence-oriented television journalism. (JV) a Open End Gallery, 9 PM.

Holiday Sauce!

SasSafrass Productions aims to put the "dis" back into dysfunctional with this late-night comedy show. a Chopin Theatre, 10 PM.

SATURDAY 10

Dance

Program featuring Keila Cordova Dances, Angela Frederick, Gennaration Friedance, the Anatomical Theatre, AMEBA Acrobatic & Aerial Dance, Gifford2, Haun.Dance, Lucy Vurusic-Riner, RASA, Irreverence Dance + Theatre, and KCD. a Vittum Theater, 8 PM.

Parade and Block Party

The Pedal Pushers Brigade Parade invites participants to join performance artists Environmental Encroachment on a ride through the streets of Wicker Park, culminating in a block party at AAA Space (2105 W. Caton), featuring the Mud Queens, a wrestling troupe. Parade proceeds go to the American Diabetes Foundation; party proceeds benefit the Young Women's Empowerment Zone. a Wicker Park, 1425 N. Damen. Registration 5 PM, parade 7 PM. $10 each for parade and party.

Mucca Pazza

17-piece marching band starts in Wicker Park and proceeds to the intersection of Ashland and Division. 2-5 PM, Wicker Park. F

Club Lucky

The lineup includes performances beginning hourly by Stolie, the Bon Mots, Urban Djin, Val Leventhal with Fish & the Bluefins, Fulton County Line, Inspiracion Latina, and Antje. a 1824 W. Wabansia, 3-10 PM. F

Cans Bar & Canteen

Dub reggae by the Drastics, 4 PM; Sixteen Candles, 7 PM. a 1640 N. Damen. $5.

Piece

Live Band Karaoke. a 1027 W. North, 11 PM. $2 purchase of Blonde Coyote beer benefits the festival.

The Pizza Box Project

The Tantalus Theatre Group presents a roaming afternoon of guerrilla theater. a Noon-6 PM, beginning in Wicker Park before moving throughout the neighborhood. F

Billy Bean . . . and the Pritzker School for Debilitating Deformities and Unwanted Afflictions

The Manifest Theatre's outdoor all-ages performance employs music and puppetry. a Pritzker Elementary School, front lawn, noon. F

Vasawa Robinson and Manley High School Poets

The high school poetry club of Manley High performs. a Wicker Park, 1 PM. F

Betty and Frances

Michael Nowak's autobiographical story about two households in Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood is offered in a reading. a Wicker Park, 4 PM.

Whenever Did That Root Canal and Masterpiece Surgery

The Dorian Project, an ensemble of high school students, makes its debuts with the original piece Whenever Did That Root Canal. See listing for Fri for information on Masterpiece Surgery. a Chopin Theatre, 6 PM.

Hunger

Bulletproof Puppet Productions' adaptation of Kafka's "A Hunger Artist" employs puppets and actors "to expound on the conflicts of art in society." The outdoor performance is intended for all ages. a Wicker Park, 6 PM.

Poetry Center of Chicago

Readings by Anne Holub, Ixta Menchaca, Ixtaccihuatl, Stella Vinitchi Radulescu, Tony Trigilio, Kristy Bowen, Bob Lawrence, and Nathalie Stephens. a Subterranean Lounge, 2011 W. North, 6 PM. $5.

Inventing Eve

Adapted loosely from the Bible, the Global Theatre's Inventing Eve is a collaboratively created performance of movement, music, and text focusing on some of the lesser-known biblical women. a Chopin Theatre, 7 PM.

Theatre of Women

See listing for Fri. a Open End Gallery, 7 PM.

Ugly Baby: 564 Things to Do With a Peanut and Bedfellas

See listing for Fri. a Chopin Theatre, 8 PM.

The Sweat Girls: The Life of the Party!

See listing for Fri. a Open End Gallery, 8 PM.

Matthew Stove

Matthew Stove recites "poetic prose" in an evening of "Existential Romantic Comedy." a Subterranean Lounge, 2011 W. North, 8:30 PM. $10 suggested donation.

Urban Renewal: Two One Acts

See listing for Fri. a Chopin Theatre, 9 PM.

The Best of Triplette

See listing for Fri. a Open End Gallery, 9 PM.

Young Mr. Ryan's Ambition and Raft

The Speaking Ring Theatre Company's Young Mr. Ryan's Ambition is an absurdist comedy about an upscale dinner party turned nightmare. See listing for Fri for information on Raft. a Chopin Theatre, 10 PM.

Holiday Sauce!

See listing for Fri. a Chopin Theatre, 11 PM.

SUNDAY 11

Wicker Park Garden Club Tour of Festival

Doug Wood leads a tour of artwork "with a botanical theme, including representational and abstract interpretations." a Noon and 3 PM, limit 20 (register at festival Web site).

Tour for Collectors

Bridget McDonough and Amy Brandolino lead a tour for collectors of selected artists. a 1 PM, limit 20 (register at festival Web site).

A White Light in God's Choir

Irreverence Dance + Theatre Company performs Sukie de la Croix's portrait of would-be opera diva Florence Foster Jenkins. a Wicker Park, 1 PM. Then a program featuring Szewai Lee, Carisa Barreca and Gail Adduci, Leopold Group, Miguel Angel Novoa, Intelligent Dance Theater, Liana C. Percoco, Kasey Foster, Thread Meddle Outfit, Equilibrium Dance Chicago, and Synapse Arts Collective. a Vittum Theater, 2 PM.

Club Lucky

Kids' music by Jeanie B and the Jelly Beans, 11 AM; then an hourly lineup featuring Marla and John, Will Kurk Experience, the Locals, the Rolling Clones, Mark Sheehy, and Ballistic Edna. a 1824 W. Wabansia, 3-10 PM. F

Piece

The Occidental Brothers. a 1027 W. North, 7:30 PM. $5; $2 purchase of Blonde Coyote beer benefits the festival.

ATC Short Film & Video Program

See listing for Fri. a Rodan, 1530 N. Milwaukee, 8 PM. $7.

The Pizza Box Project

See listing for Sat. a Noon-6 PM, beginning in Wicker Park before moving throughout the neighborhood. F

Billy Bean . . . and the Pritzker School for Debilitating Deformities and Unwanted Afflictions

See listing for Sat. a Pritzker Elementary School, front lawn, noon. F

Poetry Readings by Kids

Young bards declaim their verse. a Wicker Park playground, 1 PM. F

Betty and Frances

See listing for Sat. a Wicker Park, 4 PM.

Poetry Center of Chicago

Readings by Alyson Paige Warren, Chris Bower, Michael Kadela, Parnesha Jones, Joe Weintraub, Mirela Ramona, Ciupag, Gene Tanta, and Belen Neira a Subterranean Lounge, 2011 W. North, 6 PM. $5.

Whenever Did That Root Canal and Masterpiece Surgery

See listing for Sat for information on Whenever Did That Root Canal. See listing for Fri for information on Masterpiece Surgery. a Chopin Theatre, 6 PM.

Hunger

See listing for Sat. a Wicker Park, 6 PM.

Inventing Eve

See listing for Sat. a Chopin Theatre, 7 PM.

Theatre of Women

See listing for Fri. a Open End Gallery, 7 PM.

Ugly Baby: 564 Things to Do With a Peanut and Bedfellas

See listing for Fri. a Chopin Theatre, 8 PM.

The Sweat Girls: The Life of the Party!

See listing for Fri. a Open End Gallery, 8 PM.

Four Poets and No Waiting

Readings by C.J. Laity, Wayne Allan Jones, Larry O. Dean, and Charlie Newman. a Subterranean Lounge, 2011 W North, 8:30 PM. $10 suggested donation.

Urban Renewal: Two One Acts

See listing for Fri. a Chopin Theatre, 9 PM.

The Best of Triplette

See listing for Fri. a Open End Gallery, 9 PM.

Young Mr. Ryan's Ambition and Raft

See listing for Sat for information on Young Mr. Ryan's Ambition. See listing for Fri for information on Raft. a Chopin Theatre, 10 PM.

Holiday Sauce!

See listing for Fri. a 11 PM, a Chopin Theatre, 10 PM.

Closing Party

Audible Pleasures, a program of experimental audio and video featuring six artists, highlights the festival's closing party. a Subterranean Lounge, 2011 W. North, 9:30 PM. $10.

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