RANCH TRIANGLE — Pivot Arts probably didn't know what it was getting into with the debut of its new series "Live Arts."
"Live Talk: The Day After" brings together groups including Theater Oobleck and the Neo-Futurists for what's described as "an evening of quirky election-themed performances, interviews, live music and more" at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Steppenwolf's 1700 Theatre, 1700 N. Halsted St.
The performance sets out to allow the audience to "decompress from the election season," but it might just threaten voters with a case of the bends after the results Tuesday night.
In any case, Theater Oobleck's Mickle Maher delivers "Jim Lehrer and the Theater and Its Double and Jim Lehrer's Double," a sequel to "The Strangerer" in which the PBS news anchor is played by fringe actors Colm O'Reilly and Brian Shaw in a re-creation of the presidential debate between John Kerry and George W. Bush.
Hip-hop artist Phenom performs works from his latest album, "I Didn't Come I Was Sent."
Clowns Leah Urzendowski and Anthony Courser do "The?Unicorn?Hour," described as a "short performance created to bring joy to audiences embattled by a bitter election season."
And perhaps most necessary of all, the Neo-Futurists' Ida Cutler does "The Pivot DIY," demonstrating "how we can have conversations that are not about the election."
Isaac Gomez plays host to the evening. Tickets are $15, available through Pivot Arts or Steppenwolf.
A pre-show reception at 6 p.m. at Chez Moi, 2100 N. Halsted St., will include wine, specialty cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a chance to schmooze with Pivot Arts members and performers. Tickets are $22.
"Live Talk" moves on with "How to Survive the Holidays" at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Edgewater Uncommon Ground at 1401 W. Devon Ave.
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