Around the Hood: The Pivot Arts Festival Kick-Off Party

The Pivot Arts Festival Kick-Off Party will be on Wednesday, May 10 at 6 pm at Francesca’s Bryn Mawr, 1039 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.

You can mingle with staff, board members, artists and community members for an evening of entertainment, signature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and raffle. Tickets ($45 in advance) are currently available at

All proceeds from the Festival Kick-Off Party support the 5th annual PIVOT ARTS FESTIVAL, a celebration of innovative performances and multi-disciplinary works from June 1 – June 11, 2017 throughout Chicago’s Uptown and Edgewater neighborhoods

The ten-day Festival, showcases some of Chicago’s top artistic innovators, features theater, dance, puppetry, hybrid/multidisciplinary works, spoken word/hip hop, children’s performances, workshops, discussions, wine tastings, an interactive performance/dinner party.

Artists currently confirmed for the 2017 Festival include Axis Lab, Ayako Kato/Art Union Humanscape, Barrel of Monkeys, Tiff Beatty, Lizi Breit and Dan Kerr-Hobert, Rachel Claff and Chloe Johnston, CircEsteem, The Neo-Futurists, Rough House Theater, Same Planet Different World, Storytown Improv and Synapse Arts. The full line-up of dates, events, and venues will be announced shortly. Tickets, ranging from free to $25, go on sale Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at

The Festival will also include the third annual “Celebrate Community!” Parade on Saturday, June 3 at 2 pm, kicking off at George B. Swift Elementary School (corner of Thorndale and Winthrop Aves.) and culminating at the Colvin House, home to Creative Coworking, at 5940 N. Sheridan Rd.

Festival venues and locations in the neighborhood include Chicago Filmmakers, Creative Coworking, FLATSstudio, Income Tax Bar, Independent Spirits, Lickity Split Custard and Sweet Shop, Ras Dashen, Swift Elementary School, Uncommon Ground, and Uptown Underground.