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10-Day Arts Festival Hits Edgewater Starting In June

An arts festival that will feature innovative performances and multi-disciplinary works involving live music, theater, dance, workshops, discussions and more will take place in Edgewater and Uptown from June 2-12.

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Pivot Performers, The Ruffians

“We’re excited to present such a diverse line-up of entertainment and provide a platform for many of Chicago’s top artists to present new works,” Julieanne Ehre, arts director for the fourth-annual Pivot Arts Festival, said in a press release.

Pivot Arts is a home for innovative music, theater and dance. The organization develops new work and presents performances throughout the year, culminating in a large-scale, multi-arts festival. It seeks to help create a vibrant community where unique collaborations between artists, businesses and organizations lead to the support and creation of innovative performance events.

Formed in September 2012 as a pivot point, or central hub, Pivot Arts works to connect innovative arts activity. It supports multidisciplinary artists through its incubator program and fosters the creation of imaginative performances throughout the year. Its vision is to grow to become a multi-arts center.

Artists/events featured in the 2016 Pivot Arts Festival include: Puppeteers Lizi Breit and Dan Kerr-Hobert, performance artist Peter Carpenter, Chicago Folklore Ensemble, Drunken Monkeee, Eric Hoff and Jesse Morgan Young’s “Revival” (featuring Winnifred Coombe, Fee Lion, Holly Chernobyl and Honey Pot Performance), The Hypocrites, Kristina Isabelle Dance, The Neo-Futurists, The Ruffians, South Side Sailor Scouts and Juan Villa.

This year’s family-friendly events include a community parade/performance event with large-scale puppets and youth performances by Alternatives/Uplift, CircEsteem, Dream Big Performing Arts Workshop, Everybody Dance Now, Merry Music Makers, Swift School and others. Storytown Improv returns for the annual festival tradition of “Ice Cream and Improv” at Lickity Split Frozen Custard & Sweets.

Festival venues and locations in Edgewater and Uptown include: Bar 63, Francesca’s Bryn Mawr, Lickity Split Frozen Custard & Sweets, Loyola University’s Mundelein Center for the Arts, the Preston Bradley Center, Ras Dashen Ethiopian Restaurant, Uncommon Ground and the Uptown Underground.

For more information on the Pivot Arts program and goals, visit the organization’s website.

Here is a line-up of the full Pivot Arts Festival:

THURSDAY, JUNE 2

Festival Launch: Wine tasting, dinner and Chicago Folklore Ensemble at 7 p.m.: Wine tasting at Independent Spirits, 5747 N. Broadway. Then, at 7:30 p.m.: Dinner and performance at Ras Dashen Ethiopian Restaurant, 5846 N. Broadway St. Price: $40, includes dinner and show.

Embark upon your festival journey with a wine tasting at Independent Spirits followed by dinner and performance of Chicago Folklore Ensemble at Ras Dashen. Ticket includes music and stories with immigrant performers while you enjoy an Ethiopian buffet.

FRIDAY, JUNE 3

Festival Tapas Night: Small Plates of Theater and Dance. Featuring South Side Sailor Scouts, Peter Carpenter and The Hypocrites at 7:30 p.m. at Loyola University’s Mundelein Center, 1020 W. Sheridan Rd. Price: $25 (includes entry to hip hop celebration.)

Opening night of the festival combines three shorts by exciting theater and dance artists. Blending influences from Selena, Beyoncé, Sailor Moon and more, South Side Sailor Scouts incorporates dance, song and storytelling from a woman of color perspective.

“Rituals of Abundance for Lean Times #7:  Divisions of Labor” is part of Peter Carpenter’s theatrical solo work that pairs political themes with humorous, personal tales.

The Hypocrites premiere “Midsummer Dream,” their re-imagining of Shakespeare’s popular romantic adventure story with four actors playing all the characters. Co-adapted by Artistic Director Sean Graney and Tien Doman.

Pivot Arts presents “Live from Tweak Central,” a musical hip-hop exhibit party curated by Drunken Monkeee featuring live performances from Phenom and Ugly Boy Modeling and music by Blackdaylight with DJ Funksolo at 10 p.m. at Bar 63, 6341 N. Broadway. Price: $10 or free with purchase to Tapas Night (Must be 21 or older to enter.)

The opening night of the festival includes a celebration curated by one of Chicago’s top musical talents, Joseph “Drunken Monkeee” Bard. This immersive experience includes live hip-hop music, DJ, visual art, 3D light show and food courtesy of Bar 63.

SATURDAY, JUNE 4

Pivot Arts presents “Celebrate Community!” parade at Swift School Playground at Thorndale and Winthrop avenues. At 12:30 p.m.: Puppet-making workshop with Lizi Breit and Dan Kerr-Hobert. At 1:30 p.m.: “Celebrate Community!” Parade. At 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Performances on Swift School playground (rain plan: inside Swift School.) Price: Free.

Come celebrate community with schools, arts groups, organizations and neighbors. All are welcome to make puppets and parade. Performances include Alternatives/Uplift, Ascension Dance, CircEsteem, Dream Big, Everybody Dance Now, L’il Buds, Merry Music Makers and Swift School students. Vendors Lickity Split Custard & Sweet Shop and Lovely Bake Shop make for a deliciously good time.

Kristina Isabelle Dance presents “And the Spirit Moved Me” and “Finding Pancho” by Juan Villa at 7:30 p.m. at Loyola University’s Mundelein Center, 1020 W. Sheridan Rd. Price: $20/$10 students with ID.

Kristina Isabelle Dance premieres a new dance on stilts that takes audiences on a provocative journey to discover and reveal the inner spiritual world. Inspired by modern dance master Sybil Shearer’s quest for spirituality through movement.

This excerpt from Juan Villa’s newest solo show details a son’s search for his missing father, Francisco Jose Villa, and a journey back home to Colombia.

SUNDAY, JUNE 5

Festival Shorts: South Side Sailor Scouts and The Hypocrites at 3 p.m. at Loyola University’s Mundelein Center, 1020 W. Sheridan Rd. Price: $20/$10 students with ID.

Blending influences from Selena, Beyoncé, Sailor Moon and more, South Side Sailor Scouts incorporates dance, song and storytelling from a woman of color perspective.

The Hypocrites premiere of Midsummer Dream, their re-imagining of Shakespeare’s popular romantic adventure story with four actors playing all characters. Co-adapted by Artistic Director Sean Graney and Tien Doman.

Kristina Isabelle Dance presents “And the Spirit Moved Me” and “Finding Pancho” by Juan Villa at 7:30 p.m. at Loyola University’s Mundelein Center, 1020 W. Sheridan Rd. Price: $20/$10 students with ID.

Kristina Isabelle Dance premieres a new dance on stilts that takes audiences on a provocative journey to discover and reveal our inner spiritual world. Inspired by modern dance master Sybil Shearer’s quest for spirituality through movement.

This excerpt from Juan Villa’s newest solo show details a son’s search for his missing father, Francisco Jose Villa, and a journey back home to Colombia.

MONDAY, JUNE 6

The Neo-Futurists present “The Arrow” at 7:30 p.m. at Uncommon Ground, 1401 W. Devon Ave. Price: $15/$10 students.

This is a newly created Neo-Futurist show featuring written true stories with spontaneous inventions.

TUESDAY, JUNE 7

Pivot Arts presents Artists Talk: Diversity on Chicago Stages at 7 p.m. at Francesca’s Bryn Mawr, 1039 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Price: Free, plus the option to purchase dinner/drinks.

This is a panel discussion on diversity on Chicago stages with local dance and theater artists.

THURSDAY, JUNE 9

The Ruffians present “Ivywild” at 7:30 p.m. at Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway. Price: $20/$10 Students with ID. Must be 21 or older to enter.

Favorite local clown troupe The Ruffians present a tragic tale by Jay Torrence (“Burning Bluebeard”) based on the life of Chicago’s most eccentric city councilman, Bathhouse John, and his crooked attempt to build an amusement park.

FRIDAY, JUNE 10

The Ruffians present “Ivywild” at 7:30 p.m. at Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway. Price: $20/$10 Students with ID. Must be 21+ to enter.

Favorite local clown troupe The Ruffians present a tragic tale by Jay Torrence (“Burning Bluebeard”) based on the life of Chicago’s most eccentric city councilman, Bathhouse John, and his crooked attempt to build an amusement park

SATURDAY, JUNE 11

The Ruffians present “Ivywild” at 7:30 p.m. at Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway. Price: $20/$10 for students with ID. (Must be 21 or older to enter.)

Favorite local clown troupe The Ruffians present a tragic tale by Jay Torrence (“Burning Bluebeard”) based on the life of Chicago’s most eccentric city councilman, Bathhouse John, and his crooked attempt to build an amusement park.

“Revival,” presented by Eric Hoff & Jesse Morgan Young, at 10 p.m. at Preston Bradley Center, 941 W. Lawrence Ave. Price: $20 donation (pay at the door). Must be 21 or older to enter.

A performance art house dance party, “Revival” showcases genre-defying artists and cutting edge performances including performance artists Winnifred Coombe (Caroline Kingsley of the Neo-Futurists) and Holly Chernobyl (Holly Oakley), musician Fee Lion (Justina Kairyte) and Honey Pot Performance, an Afro-diasporic creative collective.

SUNDAY, JUNE 12

Storytown presents “Ice Cream & Improv”: 11 a.m. at Lickity Split Frozen Custard and Sweets, 6056 N. Broadway. Price: $10 entry.

From superheroes to undersea adventures, princesses to dinosaurs, Storytown takes you on an interactive, fully-improvised adventure. When the possibilities are endless, no two stories are ever the same.

 


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