Votes have been cast, stickers have been stuck to sweaters, and now it’s time to wait. Stakes are high, especially for those whose jobs, income, and access to affordable health care are at risk, so perhaps a little distraction is in order. Don’t spend it watching results at some boring, pricey cash-bar party. A good election bash has to have it all: decent, cheap drink options; multiple televisions with partisan and “nonpartisan” coverage; and a quiet space to cry if your candidate isn’t elected. A couple venues have the right idea, like Busboys & Poets, which plans to broadcast results at all their locations throughout the day, and the Kennedy Center, where an “Election Night Jam” in the Grand Foyer will broadcast the results while Jason Moran and The Bandwagon perform. Also intriguing is Wednesday’s election after-party at Curator’s Office, where Jeff Gates’ exhibit of political posters, “The Chamomile Tea Party,” is showing until Nov. 7. Meanwhile, the young and pretty are sure to flock to Brightest Young Things’ “Election Night 2012 Spectacular” at Liv. Whether these parties will be celebrations or sobfests depends on the results, of course.

Jason Moran and The Bandwagon performs at 6 p.m. at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org. “The Chamomile Tea Party” runs through Nov. 7 at Curator’s Office, 1515 14th St. NW, Suite 201. (202) 387-1008. curatorsoffice.com. “Election Night 2012 Spectacular” begins at 5 p.m. at Liv, 2001 11th St. NW. $10-$15. brightestyoungthings.com.