Pivot Multi-Arts Festival Preview - Cutting Edge and Fun Spirit of Vaudeville Can Be All Yours

Make a note of what’s happening in the Edgewater and Uptown neighborhoods. Charlie Chaplin did years ago when he built his first studio there.  This was a place of Vaudevillians and that spirit has been spawning a rebirth ever since.  This new artistic baby is here—and it’s called Pivot Arts.  


Mark www.pivotarts.org/festival on your calendar and call 773 609 0782 for information on events between June 6 – June 22, 2013. 


This array of talent and cutting edge performances are mind boggling to digest.  All events are free to $15 max. 


The only real question is if you have ALL the fun provided how else will you get anything else done!



The kick-off of this event was held at L’étage Wine and Cocktail Bar (5240 North Clark) on May 22.  Sneak preview performances included wonderful music by Café Antarsia Ensemble band members (Nikos Brisco and Ruth Margraff) who will be presenting a play during the festival (Three Graces) as well as cheerleaders from the punk band Mucca Pazza


Chicago notables such as Ross Lehman, who usually graces the stages of Chicago Shakespeare, Marriott Lincolnshire musicals, and other high profile stages were in the crowd. 



So were many who have been part of the Loyola/Pivot arts incubator projects such as Chicago Opera Vanguard’s Eric Reda and Philip Dawkins



Julieanne Ehre, Founder and Director of Pivot Arts explained that the planning for this festival began last year, and comments that Pivot Arts came about as part of the “zeitgeist”.  That thought was echoed by one of the Pivot Arts Board Members whom I spoke with, Mark Lococo, who also is a driving force in Loyola Theater Department’s outreach to its community.  The two aldermen –James Cappleman of the 46th Ward and Harry Osterman of the 48th Ward—made brief comments at this opening ceremony as well.


Pivot Arts Festival is geared to be community based as the various locales for the festival suggest---Berger Park, Broadway Cellars, Burke’s Public House, Chase Park, Essanay Studios at St. Augustine College, FLATStheatre (an historic vaudeville space/bank building), Francesca’s Bryn Mawr, Kitchen Sink Café, L’étage, Lickity Split, Senn High School, Uncommon Ground and The Waterfront Café at Berger Park.


Your best bet is to study the calendar for the festival in great detail— see http://pivotarts.org/calendar/ .


By category—here is what you are looking for---




-Manual Cinema and Theater Oobleck – “Possession: Baudelaire in a Box, Episode #5”


-Vintage Theater Collective—“Three Graces”, a panoramic Iliad for Modern Greece


-Jen Bill (Second City Alum), Storytown Improv– Ice Cream and Improv


-3Peat, all African-American comedy troupe


-Art in the Parking Lot (Crooked Door Storytelling, Storytown Improv)


-Night of Lepus by Jason Meyer (staged reading)


-Steep Theater—Backyard BBQ Reading Series (reading of new works)


-Coffee House Music/Plays – new works inspired by a piece of music


-“Rough Magic” from Theater Oobleck and Jessica Thebus


-“The Carter Family Family Show” from The Neo-Futurists


-“Taming of the Shrew” by Backroom Shakespeare Project


-“ADA/AVA” puppetry and cinema from Manual Cinema


-“Jubilee” short performances at a defunct cleaners space


-“A Taste of Dream Big”—interactive performances for kids by the popular Dream Big performers


-“A Simple Lesson in Baking with Marie Antoinette” performed by Elizabeth Lovelady.






-Live Bands on Lawn (Senn High School), including Colin Bunn’s Los Hombres Perdidos


-Art in the Parking Lot (African Drum Circle, People’s Music School, The Hoyle Brothers, Old Town School of Folk Music, Sandy Lucas, Tricia Sebastian, Allah)


-Ami Saraiya (In the Bank Building)


-Mucca Pazza 28-piece punk marching band





-“The Lonely Visitors”, Choreography by Michael Estanich RE/Dance Group


-In the Parking Lot (Mehran Flamenco Quartet, RE Dance Kids, Alternatives Youth Breakdancers;


-“The Delicate Hour” Molly Shanahan and Mad Shak





-Uptown Tour by Chicago Architectural Foundation


-Art in the Parking Lot (Fashion Show)


-Discussion:  Future of Arts in Edgewater/Uptown


The best news of all is that the Pivot Arts Festival is just the beginning.

The arts incubator projects jointly developed with Loyola University will likely be changing the arts in the entire U.S.A., if not the world, putting Edgewater and Uptown back on the world-places-to-be map.


Pivot Arts Festival

Uptown and Edgewater Neighborhoods of Chicago

June 6 - 22, 2013

All events are $15 or less

For tickets or info visit www.pivotarts.org/festival or call 773 609 0782


Photos:  Courtesty of Pivot Arts, Peter Kachergis


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