Taking its name from the Tower Building at the intersection of North, Damen, and Milwaukee, which once housed the Coyote Gallery, this multimedia arts event includes a sizable theater and performance segment. Running September 7 through 11, the fifth annual Around the Coyote features nine different productions at Centrum Hall, 1309 N. Ashland, and the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division. Admission to all shows is $2; for more information, or to confirm the schedule below (which is subject to last-minute changes and mishaps), call the Coyote hotline at 342-6777.

The Reader carries performing arts listings on a week-by-week basis; here’s the schedule for the coming week.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7

Opening Party

A special kickoff event at the Red Dog, 1958 W. North, 10 PM to 4 AM.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

The Land of Do As You Please

This performance troupe creates environments by transforming human figures into objects. Centrum Hall, 8 PM.

Drew Richardson, Dramatic Fool

Richardson, who specializes in physical clowning (often with a bittersweet edge), performs his commedia-style mask play Harley Keno (Wakes Up). Chopin Theatre, 8:30 PM.

Six Great Conversations by Tim Joyce

The Cu’Chulain Players explore male-to-male expression and Irish-American social attitudes in this play about a young man conversing with his dead father. Chopin Theatre, 9:30 PM.

The Madman and the Nun

Trap Door Productions presents Stanislaw Witkiewicz’s 1923 play, about the relationship between a straitjacketed poet and a nun who’s been sent to cure his so-called insanity. “Trap Door focuses so heavily on [the poet’s] dilemma, reducing him to an individual, psychologically realistic character, that their production fails to achieve a higher, metaphorical significance. . . . It’s encouraging to see a new company grappling with a playwright this important and overlooked, but they must also rise to the challenges his powerful work presents,” says Reader critic Justin Hayford. Centrum Hall, 9:30 PM.

Growing Up Female

Jeanne Martinelli seeks to “express herself as woman in a world that is alienated from female energy.” Chopin Theatre, 10 PM.

The Armageddon Radio Hour

What Now? Entertainment Productions’ musical comedy is a 1940s radio play for the stage, set on the eve of the apocalypse. Centrum Hall, 11 PM.

Raised by Wolves

John Sudar performs a collection of small plays. Chopin Theatre, 11 PM.

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