Lineup for 3rd annual Pivot Arts Festival announced

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The full lineup for the 3rd annual Pivot Arts Festival, which is devoted to the production of innovative music, theater and dance on the city’s far north side, has been announced. The festival will feature dozens of innovative performances and events throughout Chicago’s Uptown and Edgewater neighborhoods from May 28 through June 7.

Pivot Arts develops new work and presents performances throughout the year, and those activities culminate in this multi-arts festival that is a unique collaboration among artists, businesses and organizations. Tickets, ranging from free to $20, are currently available at All-access passes cost $45.

The offerings in the 10-day festival will run the gamut — from live music, theater, dance and puppetry to discussions, wine tastings, workshops, children’s performances and more. This year’s theme, “Celebrate Community!,” is focused on bringing diverse neighbors together through the arts.

The Festival includes a first-time Community Parade on Saturday, May 30 at 1 p.m, kicking off at Granville near Kenmore and culminating in performances at Loyola University’s St. Ignatius Plaza. The parade is highlighted by handmade, large-scale puppets, and the plaza performances feature Grammy-nominated singer Justin Roberts, star of the indie-family rock scene.

Additional highlights include: BAATHHAUS; Lucky Plush Productions; an inter-active “Memory Bank” with performances by Ayako Kato and Jessica Marasa; Dean Evans’ Honeybuns; Storytown’s Improv and Ice Cream at Lickity Split Custard & Sweet Shop; a writing workshop with Chicago Young Authors (Louder Than a Bomb) artists that culminates in dinner together at the Ethiopian Diamond; and the Festival’s opening night with shorts by premiere theater and dance groups (RE Dance, the Neo-Futurists and About Face Theatre’s Checking Boxes written by Shannon Matesky of the About Face Youth Ensemble).

“The Pivot Arts Festival not only serves as an opportunity for audiences to experience some of the adventurous work happening here in Chicago – but also serves to connect Chicago to a circuit of similar festivals happening across the country,” noted festival director Julieanne Ehre in a prepared statement. “Presenters increasingly attend the festival and provide local artists with the potential to showcase their work in other cities.”

For additional information on THE PIVOT ARTS FESTIVAL, visit, email or call (773) 340-9637. Twitter: @PivotArts. Facebook:

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