The 50-odd performing groups in the eight-week “festival of Chicago’s international arts” includes a dozen theater companies; those performing October 18 through 24 are described below. On nights when only one theater company is listed here, be assured at least one other program of music, dance, or poetry is also planned, with discount prices available to viewers buying a ticket to all performances on a single night. (A pass to the whole festival costs $40.) All events (which are subject to change) take place at the Blue Rider Theatre, 1822 S. Halsted; for more information, call 733-4668.


SOCK MONKEYS This group that blends movement, sound, and poetry performs pieces from its repertoire (including Gas Works Wall, Chilly Gentilly, and Fish Tales), along with revised work (Guava Fives) and a brand-new piece, The King Is Dead. 8 PM. $6.


SOCK MONKEYS See description under Friday, October 18. 8 PM. $6.

PAP PRODUCTIONS The company presents a “sexually ambiguous tribute to children’s shows” for audiences whose tastes have matured (?) from Ding Dong School to Long Dong Silver. “TV kiddie show hostess Vonda Van K. Dyke” (played by Ben Ziola) hosts A Caketown Halloween, in which puppets Henry the Goose, Betty Gumhead, and Pearly White celebrate the scary season. 11 PM. $6.


PROS ARTS STUDIO’S PAYASO CLOWN ENSEMBLE Final Fast Food Frontier puts old stories through the wringer of modern media in this matinee performance “for kids of all ages.” 3 PM. $6.

BORN SIX YEARS AND A DAY APART Kevin McCoy and Marcia Wilkie team up for an evening of monologues: McCoy plays “a down on his luck kinda guy” in Frank’s Corner, while Wilkie’s We Both Knew This Would Be With Us for Our Lives explores “the choices and circumstances that change the heart and make a woman wise.” 7 PM. $6.


SOCK MONKEYS See listing under Friday, October 18.8 PM. $6.

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