Around the Hood: Your alternative to Valentine’s week hullabaloo

Well folks, it looks like our friends over at Pivot Arts have announced their Pop Up! Performance Series line up in the neighborhood for February & March. 

This series occurs monthly at local businesses throughout Edgewater, Andersonville and Uptown and is curated by Julieanne Ehre (Pivot Arts Director) and Tanya Palmer (Pivot Arts Artistic Associate and Director of New Play Development at the Goodman Theatre).  Pivot Arts’ partnerships with local businesses help boost the local economy by bringing arts patrons directly to establishments in Chicago’s Uptown and Edgewater neighborhoods. Past POP UP! business partners have included FLATS Chicago, Independent Spirits, Lickity Split Custard and Sweets, Hopleaf, Metropolis Coffee, Kitchen Sink, Burke’s Pub and Uncommon Ground.

They develop new work and present unique performances throughout the year culminating in a multi-arts festival. Their vision is that of a vibrant community where unique collaborations between artists, businesses and organizations leads to the support and creation of innovative performance events.

For more info head on over to

The 2nd Annual SADNESS SHOW
Tuesday, February 10 at 7:30 pm

Francesca’s Bryn Mawr, 1039 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Chicago

Pivot Arts’ SADNESS SHOW, a cabaret style showcase celebrating “sadness” as an alternative to Valentine’s week hullabaloo. Hosted by Emcee “Madame Bustiere,” (played by clown Pamela Chermansky, who recently starred in The Ruffians’ hit Burning Bluebeard), the line-up includes original ukulele songs performed by Katy Collins (Sideshow Theatre’s Stupid F–king Bird) and Lindsey Noel Whiting (Lookingglass Alice), plus A Sad Story Contest. Judged by a panel of Neo-Futurists, the Sad Story contestants include Kurt Chiang (Co-Artistic Director of Neo-Futurists), Isaac Gomez (playwright and Literary Manager at Victory Gardens Theater), Alex Kumin (cast member of The Lincoln Lodge stand-up comedy showcase), playwrights Brett NeveuAnne Garcia RomeroScott Barsotti and Calamity West and Tanya Palmer (Director of New Play Development, Goodman Theatre). The winner takes home a bottle of “Two Buck Chuck.”

DON CHIPOTLE by Juan Villa – Public Reading
Tuesday, March 10 at 7:30 pm

Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., Chicago

Written by award winning playwright Juan Villa (Empanada for a Dream) and directed by Jo Cattell, Managing Director of Collaboraction, and Resident Director for the terraNova Collective, DON CHIPOTLE follows two young boys, Celestino and Octavio, who journey across New York City on an epic adventure, encountering dangerous villains, strange creatures, and memorable characters. Drawing on the classic tale Don Quixote and Villa’s own experience growing up in the violent atmosphere of lower East Side Manhattan, DON CHIPOTLE uses puppetry, music, song and dialogue to create a magical adventure about an uninhibited boy who has his childhood taken away. DON CHIPOTLE is being developed by the terraNova Collective in collaboration with the Pivot Arts’ Performing Arts Incubator Project.

Tickets for both events are $10 and can be purchased at the door. Food and drink are available for purchase.

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