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Oct 29, 2012
04:06 PMBe There
Seeking Election Night asylum? Hit Rust Belt Books
I can’t think of a better way to spend Election Night than with Spree’s own Ron Ehmke. Take it away, press release! —C. S.
Unwilling to spend Election Night alone, Buffalo-based performers Ron Ehmke, Jeannine Giffear, Frank Goldberg, and Ruth Goldman are banding together and declaring Rust Belt Books a safe haven from the madness of exit polls and Electoral College second-guessing.
From 8 p.m. to 11 on Tuesday, November 6, they’re inviting their fellow citizens to join them at 202 Allen Street for three hours of participatory performances, games of chance, group therapy exercises, open-mic rants, and of course periodic glimpses at the latest election results behind partially closed eyes.
One part potluck, one part support group, ELECTION ASYLUM! is a seat-of-the-pants response to this nail-biting moment in American history. Among the scheduled guests and activities are a scavenger hunt (to find the lost soul of democracy), a massage therapist (to soothe tense nerves), Electoral College bingo, words of wisdom from the Founding Mothers, and a “Free Speech Zone” where audience members can speak their minds throughout the evening.
Participants will be Skyping to swing states, meeting fourth party candidates and those elusive undecided voters, and evading pollsters. Renowned psychotherapist Dr. Luvstrang will be on hand to counsel voters suffering from “Pre-Election Stress Disorder,” and emcee Ronawanda will mix and mingle among the crowd, making sure no one misses out on any of the action when guest stars drop by.
Audience members are asked to bring either a $5 donation or a contribution of comfort food (or drink!) to share. The event is BYOC—Bring Your Own Character, if you wish. Attendees are also invited to bring offerings for the Altar to Dead Liberalism, as well as beverages of choice, laptops, cellphones, twitter feeds, and their own favorite and least favorite sources of information.
Turn On or tune out: it’s your choice, but remember that Rust Belt Books will be the place to be as America picks its next leader.
Democracy Unplugged: A Short Circus in Real Time
Tuesday, November 6, from 8 to 11 p.m.
at Rust Belt Books, 202 Allen St., Buffalo
Donation: $5 or a food/beverage item to share