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Chicago festivals abound in August

Fifty theater groups and individual performers will participate in Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company’s Abbie Fest XXVI otherwise known as 26th annual Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins Theater Festival (August 15-17). To learn more, visit www.maryarrchie.com.

Sound Opinions hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot help kick off the 4th annual Summer Music Film Festival (August 15-19) with a screening of Jonathan Demme’s 1984 concert film Stop Making Sense featuring the Talking Heads. Other musical movies—including Richard Lester’s A Hard Day’s Night, Albert Magnoli’s Purple Rain, and Jim Sharman’s The Rocky Horror Picture Show—will be screened at Music Box Theatre on 3733 N. Southport. For a full lineup and showtimes, visit www.summermusicfilmfestival.com.

Chicago choreographer Lar Lubovitch and Chicago dancer Jay Franke present the 8th annual Chicago Dancing Festival (August 20 -23) which features free ballet, modern and hip-hop dance performances at city venues such as the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Jay Pritzker Pavilion of Millennium Park. Highlights include three world premieres from choreographers Kyle Abraham (performed by Hubbard Street Dance Chicago), Ron de Jesus (performed by The Nexus Project) and Darrell Grand Moultrie (performed by After School Matters) as well as a festival debut of Stars of American Ballet with dancers from New York City Ballet. For more information, visit www.chicagodancingfestival.com.

The work of 10 female playwrights directed by 10 female directors is featured in 20% Theatre Company Chicago’s 9th annual Snapshots Play Festival (August 28-31) at the Cornservatory Theatre on 4210 N. Lincoln Avenue. The collective cast includes Jillian Rea, Elizabeth Ellis, Jon Penick, Janelle deJohn, Christine Renee Jones, Tricia Rodriguez, Becca Savoy, Rachel Minkoff, Theresa Ohanian, Laura Matthews, Annie Snow, and Ernie Cottrell. For details, visit www.twentypercentchicago.com

From August 28 to September 7, Blue Moon will present the 5th annual Chicago Fringe Festival in Jefferson Park. Among the nearly 50 performers showcased are Cosmic Jello, Dream Theater, Nicole Kearney, Rebecca Kling, Philip Low, The League of Miscreants and Wishbone Theatre Collective. For tickets, visit www.chicagofringe.org.