This multidisciplinary performing arts festival, hosted by the Pilsen area’s Blue Rider Theatre, runs through December 17, with shows most Fridays and 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. 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); some student and senior discounts available.

The Reader carries festival listings on a week-by-week basis; following is the schedule for October 27 through 29.


Shank, Jan Favia, Mat Kelly and Jeff Callen, and Tatsu Aoki and Francis Wong

This evening juxtaposes music and performance art. Shank is a musical duo consisting of violinist Katherine Boyd and accordionist Nancy Andrews, who play original material; Favia presents a multimedia performance/installation work; Kelly and Callen perform The Mut and Jep Incident, a performance piece about duelling performance artists; and Aoki and Wong perform original music on bass, saxophone, and “other strange noise instruments.” 8 PM.


Halloween Drag Extravaganza

This seasonal outrage opens with Doug Stapleton–aka Gurlene Hussey–performing his “tragic-comic high-gothic drag opera” Our Whirling Endures. He’s followed by Gina Lovoi’s Drag Cabaret. 8 PM.


Gina McLaughlin

and Satan’s Black Box

McLaughlin offers monologues and torch songs; Satan’s Black Box is a theater piece satirizing the religious right’s worst fears about homosexuality. 7 PM.

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