The early 90s were boom years for solo performance in Chicago–and the Big Goddess Pow Wows played a role. Formed in the shadow of the first gulf war, these often hilarious showcases captured the anarchic spirit of the times. Now the original Big Three–Paula Killen, Marcia Wilkie, and Lisa Buscani–return from LA, LA, and New York respectively to stir the pot all over again. Killen (whose Music Kills a Memory remains one of my favorite shows from those years) has been working with the experimental Zoo District theater company in Hollywood and developing stage and film projects. Wilkie–whose best work can be quietly affecting or hilarious, negotiating the terrain between stand-up comedy and autobiographical monologue–has been working in “various parts of the entertainment industry.” And slam poetry champ/former Neo-Futurist Buscani has been donning the nun’s habit in Late Night Catechism for several years now. Big Goddess Nation also ropes in local poets, performers, musicians, and all-around shit stirrers, including Cin Salach and Brigid Murphy. Circuit Nightclub, 3641 N. Halsted, 773-871-7610. March 27-29: Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 PM. Thursday: guest host Joan Jett-Blakk and the bands Stewed Tomatoes and Sweet Accord. Friday: guest host Honey West, musician Ellen Rosner, and writers Donna Rose, Lisa Alvarado, and RoiAnn Phillips. Saturday: slam poet Duriel Harris, actors Bev Spangler and Lisa Samra, singer Patty Elvis, and cohost Jessica Halem. $25.