An Evening of Art and Activism

Rude Mechs combine art and activism.

By Lisa Biehle Files

The Pivot Arts Festival and Chicago Community Climate Partners will present an evening of Art and Activism from 5:30 to 8:40 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at Loyola University’s Institute for Environmental Sustainability at 6349 N. Kenmore Ave., in Chicago.

The evening begins with a reception and tours of the LEED-certified, sustainable building at 5:30 p.m. A pre-performance panel will convene at 6:30 p.m., before "Not Every Mountain," to discuss the impact of climate change locally, legislative victories, and arts activism.

Panelists are award-winning playwright Kirk Lynn; policy expert Karen Hobbs of Natural Resources Defense Council; and Rev. Booker Steven Vance of Faith in Place, an environmental justice organization. Rachel Bronson, president and CEO of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, will moderate the discussion. Please RSVP at More details here:

At 7:30 p.m., walk over to the Mundelein Center, 1020 W. Sheridan Rd. (a 2-minute walk, according to Google Maps). There, Rude Mechs, a nationally celebrated theater company from Austin, Texas, will perform “Not Every Mountain,” in their Chicago premiere. Written by panelist Kirk Lynn, tickets are $30 ($25 for students), but climate partners will get a $5 discount by using the code FACTS here:

All this is part of the Pivot Arts Festival, which begins on June 1 and goes through June 10. The festival is an annual celebration of innovative performance throughout Chicago’s Uptown & Edgewater neighborhoods. Audiences have the opportunity to experience unique music, theater, dance, puppetry, all ages shows, comedy, discussions and more.

A $40 Festival Pass allows you to see three shows.