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Beau O'Reilly kicks things off with a rhinocerontic celebration of all things music, performance and luminescence. Musicians bring their own songs; performers bring their own instruments; there will always be something to see and hear onstage from a line-up including Elvisbride, the Crooked Mouth String Band, Midnight Moxie, and Vernon Tonges. Expect some iconoclasm.
A band for the times, both good and bad. Purveyors of original acoustic music with roots in vaudeville, Crooked Mouth gives songwriters their due, pretends to the folksy but leans on the Brechtsy, and harmonizes on themes of loss and forbearance.
A band that was a play and is now a band. The critically incendiary, surreal-existentialist curiosity of last year's Rhinoceros Theater Festival returns as a musical quintet (no, sextet) performing an array of speculative-musical jubilations just for you. Kurt Weill meets They Might Be Giants you say? Sure, we say.
Latinisé is the combination of a fascination for foreign languages with a passion for music from around the world. Vocalist Andrea Else and guitarist James Cornolo reinterpret classics as jazz tunes and present some of the most original jazz written in foreign languages; their wide repertoire is full of surprises and fresh ideas.
The doo-wop rock'n'roll trio of Meg and Nia O'Reilly Amandes and Sarah Chang returns from a recording hiatus with a song set combining the sweet, the witty, the nitty and the gritty. Who says harmonizing in the car won't get you anywhere?
A circular discussion on creation not as a means to an end in the form of a product, but as its own end per se, featuring formal wear, building blocks and a human bowling ball.
Waging all-out undeclared covert war on precious navel-gazing self-indulgence, mildly unhinged singer-songwriter Vernon Tonges takes a well-earned sabbatical from the self-congratulatory world of contemporary rock to hone a bolder and more intimate vision for today's smaller venues. His brisk and breezy ditties often take abrupt and scary turns into alarming landscapes of casual depravity.
The Rhinoceros Theater Festival has long had a loose and healthy relationship with the MFA Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute. Work developed for the stage and the page by faculty, graduates and current students has been presented in the Rhino for the past ten years. This year we celebrate that contribution by presenting new work by four of the developers: Calvin Forbes, Anne Calcagno, Sara Levine and Amy England.
Anne Calcagno is the recipient of NEA and Illinois Arts Council Fellowships. She has a short story collection entitled Pray for Yourself (from TriQuarterly Books, Northwestern University Press) and has published in the North American Review, Epoch, TriQuarterly and a number of other publications.
Amy England has two books of poetry, The Flute Ship Castricum and Victory and Her Opposites: A Guide, both from Tupelo Press. She teaches classes on surrealism, detective fiction, poetics, art and politics, and ekphrasis. She will read and show announcements from her current project, The National Council on Dream Safety.
Calvin Forbes is professor of Liberal Arts and Writing and a recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Grant, NEA Grant, and a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship. His books include Blue Monday, From the Book of Shine, and The Shine Poems. He has published in Yale Review, American Scholar, Poetry Magazine, Black World, Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, and Ploughshares, among others.
Sara Levine's stories have appeared in The Iowa Review, Nerve, Conjunctions, and other magazines. Her essays have been published in 9 Years: The Best of Fence and The Touchstone Anthology of Creative Nonfiction: 1970 to the Present. She is chair of the Writing Program at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
An evening of heartbreak/ing performances curated by Jenny Magnus, including music by Vernon Tonges, Chris Schoen, deconstructed torch songs with Jeff Abell and Jenny Magnus, marimba composition played by Andrew Blanton, Elvisbride, It's a Girl, the Billy Goat Experiment, Matt Rieger, and more.