The 50-odd groups appearing in the eight-week “festival of Chicago’s international arts” include a dozen theater companies and performance artists; those performing November 7 through 14 are described below. These listings refer to theater and performance art offerings only; on nights when only one performance 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.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7
TANYA WHITE The actress unveils a new performance piece, Lana/Smoking, in which the title character “evaluates her commitment to eroticism and finally stops smoking.” What would Jesse Helms–and his financial supporters–think? 8 PM. $6; $10 for both this show and the one that follows it.
DJALAAL AND WOMEN OF THE VEIL Black poet-playwright Ntozake Shange and ancient Gnostic gospel texts provide the words, and dance styles from Java, North Africa, and the Middle East suggest the movement, in the performance piece Woman as Goddess: A Re-creation. 9:15 PM. $6; $10 for admission to this show and the one that precedes it.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8
MICHAEL K. MEYERS The performance artist explores time travel and mysterious beasts in The Jungle Book Revisited, a work in progress presented here along with other works. 9:15 PM. $6; $10 for this and the poetry reading by Luis Rodriguez and Carlos Cumpian that precedes it at 8 PM.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9
KIDZ WRITES Children at the Providence of God School in Pilsen contributed stories based on their lives for stage adaptation by Jonathon Pitts’s Shaman Society; the results are offered in a matinee program. 3 PM. $6.
DONNA ROSE Rose premieres her “multimedia poetic offering” Enraptured, which “examines the multitude of possibilities that exist simultaneously in every moment of our lives.” 8 PM. $6; $10 for this performance and the one that follows it.
LOIS NOWICKI AND FRIENDS Nowicki’s “multimedia performance ritual” …Said the Spider to the Fly… explores links between heroines, housewives, and Hindu goddesses. 9:15 PM. $6; $10 for this performance and the one by Donna Rose that precedes it.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10
THEATRE ARTS PROJECT OF THRESHOLDS Members of the Thresholds psychosocial rehabilitation agency offer “original songs, poetry, scenes, puppetry, jokes, monologues, dreams, and more.” 3 PM. $6.
CITY LIT WOMEN’S COLLECTIVE City Lit Theater Company is devoted to adapting literary works for the stage; this program created and performed by women artists within the troupe “gives voice to the sometimes contradictory, fascinating and funny experiences of being a woman in contemporary America.” 7 PM. $6; $10 for this show and the one that follows it.
PARTNERS IN MIME The sometimes bizarre and grisly art of 18th-century artist Francisco Goya is the inspiration for Caprichos, a mime theater piece about inmates of a madhouse who reenact scenes from an imaginary world. 8:15 PM. $6; $10 for this show and the City Lit performance that precedes it.