Around the Coyote Winter Festival 

Around the Coyote Winter Festival

This weekend's winter festival, an adjunct to the annual fall Around the Coyote arts festival, features theater and performance in two Wicker Park venues: the Wing & Groove Theatre, 19351/2 W. North (the side entrance of the Flat Iron Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee), and the Northwest Tower, 1608 N. Milwaukee. These shows, organized by Jonathan Pitts, are presented according to the schedule below; see listings elsewhere in this issue for information on visual art, film, and musical attractions. All performances are free, but donations will be requested after each show. For more information call 773-342-6777 or visit the festival Web site at www.aroundthecoyote.org.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2

Elements of Blue

Kristen Rae Stephens's one-woman performance/dance piece draws on Greek myths about goddesses to interpret love and the blues. Wing & Groove Theatre, 7 PM.

Something Made Up

Barrie Cole's one-act concerns a woman and a man whose worldviews are altered by a book on ventriloquism and a bottle of oregano respectively. Directed by Eric Ziegenhagen, this Penlight Theater production features Cole, Julie Caffey, and Doug Stapleton. "While most young playwrights work overtime to excise any hint of ambiguity from their scripts, . . . Cole revels in strangeness. [With] ingenious subtlety, [she] transforms her collection of seeming non sequiturs into a mesmerizing meditation on family dynamics. . . . Ziegenhagen gives [the] production a gentle, sensual feel, making Cole's weirdness seem downright cozy," says Reader critic Justin Hayford.Wing & Groove Theatre, 8 PM.

Does This Mean Anything to You?

Anne Goldman and Alice-Gray Lewis's adult clown show finds two characters, Gerkle and Zetta, trying to "escape and transform their purgatory on a journey of whiskey, water ballet, and menstruation." Reader critic Brian Nemtusak calls the show "a strikingly casual, sophisticated, unpretentious combination of vaudeville, physical performance, and character-intensive acting. . . . Like Andy Kaufman and Ernie Kovacs, [Goldman and Lewis] understand that decontextualized pathos is a surer route to humor than strung-together gags." Wing & Groove Theatre, 10 PM.

Mass Probadita

Teatro Luna performs an ensemble-created work exploring issues of identity, ethnicity, race, and gender from a Latina-American perspective. Wing & Groove Theatre, 11 PM.

Virtual Reality

Second City veteran and 100 Centre Street star Alan Arkin penned this comedy about the power struggles between two crooks rehearsing a crime. "Written . . . as the short middle sketch in [Power Plays, a] three-story evening about one-upmanship, [this] gloomy [piece] seems too long without Elaine May's wittier plays to bracket it. . . . Written to be performed by Arkin and his son Anthony Arkin, the play has been cast here by director Jay Diehl with two women, Alanda Coon and Nicole J. Adelman. But their cool circling and unemotional regard of each other isn't the way women usually go about trying to gain control over other women. . . . If only the actors had a little more to work with," says Reader critic Jennifer Vanasco. Wing & Groove Theatre, midnight.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3

Short Cut for Eric Bene

Jonathan Chen presents an original site-specific performance/installation work that employs actors, lists of numbers, sandpaper, a block of wood, and a stopwatch. Northwest Tower, room 1203, 1 to 5 PM.

Trio

Chris Conry's performance/installation work engages the audience's involvement in creating a narrative about race, gender, and murder. Northwest Tower, room 1212, 1 to 5 PM.

Elements of Blue

See listing for Friday. Wing & Groove Theatre, 7 PM.

Something Made Up

See listing for Friday. Wing & Groove Theatre, 8 PM.

Does This Mean Anything to You?

See listing for Friday. Wing & Groove Theatre, 10 PM.

Mass Probadita

See listing for Friday. Wing & Groove Theatre, 11 PM.

Virtual Reality

See listing for Friday. Wing & Groove Theatre, midnight.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4

Short Cut for Eric Bene

See listing for Saturday. Northwest Tower, room 1203, 1 to 5 PM.

Trio

See listing for Saturday. Northwest Tower, room 1212, 1 to 5 PM.

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