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Election Eve and Day Events, Part I

By Margaret Lyons in News on Nov 1, 2004 4:22PM

God damn tomorrow cannot come fast enough. Pre-election anxiety + post-Halloween hangover + drizzly Monday = craptacular, any way you slice it. If it were up to us, today would be national Cuddle on the Couch in Pajamas and Watch TV Day, but alas, the party wheels keep on turning. Tonight and tomorrow, there's plenty election action to keep you busy. Here are a few to get you started:

Election Eve; A Celebration of Democracy at the Goodman Theatre. "Hosted by Resident Artistic Associate, Henry Godinez, the evening will include excerpts from writers such as Arthur Miller, Clifford Odets, E.L. Doctorow, Frederick Douglass, and Garrison Keilor; and songs ranging from Stephen Foster to Patti Smith." The celebration is free—just like America! Rah!—but reservations are recommended. Call 312.443.3800.
Mock the Vote: Demokracy in Action at the Theatre Building. They added an extra show tonight of this "improvised political satire which explores the public and private moments of a fictional presidential campaign." Cough up your $12 at 8 p.m.

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One State, Two State, Red State, Blue State! Chicago Indymedia and Third Coast Press are promising "the party of the decade, after the election of the century." Zing. Starting at 6 p.m. at HotHouse, you can watch election results while enjoying "live music, political art, spoken-word poetry and political satire." You'll be able to catch video shorts from Guerilla News Network and Street Level Youth Media, too. It's $10, but they're also saying that no one will be turned away for lack of funds. So…it's free if you're a cheap bastard/actually very poor.
Vote then Rock at Park West is free—just bring your voter receipt. Performances kick off at 7 p.m. (when polls close) with Poi Dog Pondering, DJs Madrid, Jesse De La Pena and Dayhota. Visual/performing artist Carlos "Dzine" Rolon will be painting the story of election night; when completed, the work will be donated to Rock for Kids. Park West is at 322 West Armitage.
Voter Reward is kicking it at three events in our fine city. The concerts are half-off if you bring proof that you voted. Catch Haymarket Riot, Sweet Cobra Black Print, and Sleepwalker Defence at the Bottom Lounge for only $4 ($8 if you didn't vote, mofo); The Paul Hatsaw Quartet at the Empty Bottle is $3 (mofos get in at the same price, sadly); and The Firebird Band, Weather, The Dirty Things, and Kerbloki at the Logan Square Auditorium for $4 (/$8).