Around the Coyote

Running September 9 through 12–and dedicated to the memory of founder Jim Happy-Delpech, who died August 3 after a long struggle with AIDS–the tenth edition of this annual multidisciplinary arts festival in Chicago’s Wicker Park/Bucktown area showcases the work of emerging artists in all media. The offerings include a slew of theatrical productions, improv shows, and spoken-word/poetry performances; these are shown in the following listings, which are arranged chronologically, based on information provided by theater coordinator Jonathan Pitts, poetry coordinator Michael C. Watson, and the Guild Complex. (See listings elsewhere in this issue for information on visual art, dance, film, and musical attractions.) Performances take place at the Chopin Theatre studio, 1543 W. Division; the Genesis Artist Village/Baraka Center for the Arts, 2417 N. Western (third floor); the window of Right-On Futon, 1184 N. Milwaukee; the Subterranean Cafe & Cabaret, 2011 W. North; the Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W. Cortland; Wicker Park, 1425 N. Damen; and the Nelson Algren Fountain at the Polish Triangle, at the intersection of Ashland, Division, and Milwaukee. Admission to all theater and performance events is free, but donations will be requested after each show. (Suggested donation for the festival’s main exhibition sites is $5 per day or $15 for a four-day festival pass.) For more information call 773-342-6777 or check the festival’s Web site at www.aroundthecoyote.org.

Following is a schedule for the festival’s opening night; an updated four-day performance schedule will appear in next week’s issue.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9

The Oracle

The Rooftop Players present an experimental theater piece inspired by ancient Greece’s Delphic oracle, in which actors improvise answers to audience questions. Chopin Theatre studio, 7 PM.

Nelson Algren: The Name on the Doorbell

The Wicker Park writer’s life and art are evoked in this Lookingglass Theatre Company effort–a workshop of a work in progress directed by John Musial. Subterranean Cafe & Cabaret, 7 PM.

Live on Tour!!!

The improv ensemble Schadenfreude presents a sketch-comedy revue. Trap Door Theatre, 7 PM.

Paraffinalia

Local Infinities offers its brand of “performance art with a sense of humor, of wonder, and many pounds of wax,” exploring the “physical and metaphysical properties” of bees, petroleum, and lipstick. Chopin Theatre studio, 8 PM.

A Rich Man’s War and a Poor Man’s Fight

Civil War veteran and sardonic satirist Ambrose Bierce is the inspiration for this new show directed by Warren Leming and compiled from Bierce’s writings by Leming and John Yost. Subterranean Cafe & Cabaret, 8 PM.

Lebensraum

Israel Horovitz’s drama examines modern young Germans’ response to the legacy of the Holocaust. Trap Door Theatre, 8 PM.

Play

The Thirteenth Tribe experimental theater presents Samuel Beckett’s study of a man, his wife, and “the other woman”–all of whom speak from their funeral urns. Joanna Settle directs. Right-On Futon, 8:30 PM.

Vaudeville Nights: Voice of the City

Cohen & Ellis present a variety program; each performance features nine different acts, and participants include the Nomenil theater group, dancer Winifred Haun, and others. Chopin Theatre studio, 9 PM.

Play

See listing for 8:30 PM Thursday. Right-On Futon, 9:30 PM.

Underthings and Otherthings

The Ma’at Production Association of Afrikan Centered Theatre presents a new piece by Carla Stillwell that explores “angst, anxiety, and the pursuit of art,” as well as a new work by Derrick Jones about black gay relationships. Trap Door Theatre, 9:30 PM.

Play

See listing for 8:30 PM Thursday. Right-On Futon, 10:30 PM.