Other festivals run one weekend, maybe two or three; but this one, hosted by the Pilsen area’s Blue Rider Theatre, runs three months–through December 17, with shows Fridays-Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 7 PM, as well as children’s matinees on selected Saturdays and Sundays at 3 PM. Most evenings feature two or more artists, with intermissions between each act. Aiming to mix theater, performance art, dance, poetry, and music, the fest has scheduled 80 artists in 40 nights, by such groups and individuals as Theater Oobleck, Redmoon Theater, Donna Blue Lachman, Carmela Rago, Jeff Abell, MASS, Bob Eisen, the Chicago Moving Company, and many more. Blue Rider Theatre, 1822 S. Halsted, 733-4668. Tickets: $10 a night except where noted in the listings below; $60 for a festival pass (good for all performances).

The Reader carries festival listings on a week-by-week basis; following is the schedule for September 14 through 17.



This 168-hour performance marathon, which started last weekend and wraps up at 11:59 PM Sunday, is created and performed by Mathew Wilson and Eduardo Martinez-Almaral as a followup to last year’s Tragedy. As in the earlier work, the artists will live in the theater for a week and put on diverse pieces based on the title concept; audience members are welcome to come and go while the artists stay put. $10 (good for the entire week).