October 23, 2007


During the 2nd Annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival, Chicago-based artists will showcase performances and projects that involve collaborations with artists living in other locations—here in the U.S. and in other countries worldwide. The collaborations between Chicago-based artists and those living elsewhere will be prepared, improvised, or a combination of both. For instance, a Chicago-based poet will be collaborating with a musician from Niger, a Chicago-based performance ensemble will be collaborating with a composer in New York, and so on. Some of the performances will involve live feeds between Chicago and elsewhere.

Artists involved with Chicago Calling work in a range of media, including music, painting, photography, poetry, dance, and so on. The festival’s participants will include Alpha Bruton, Julie Downey, Asimina Chremos, Craig Christie, Eric Elshtain, Douglas Ewart, Daniel Godston, Jon Godston, Guillermo Gregorio, Marian Hayes, Lisa Hemminger, Alan Emerson Hicks, David Harrison Horton, Hamadal Issoufou, Eric Leonardson, Elizabeth Marino, Sadira Muhammad, Susen James, Jennifer Karmin, Toni Asante Lightfoot, Jayve Montgomery, Charlie Newman, Zimbabwe Nkenya, Pam Osbey, Matthias Regan, Ed Roberson, Chuck Stebelton, Joel Wanek, Christopher Welch, Stan West, and other artists. Performances and presentations will occur in the following venues: Peter Jones Gallery, the Velvet Lounge, Elastic, 32nd&Urban, Café Mestizo, WNUR, Mess Hall, and other locations.

Thursday, October 25; Friday, October 26; and Saturday, October 27

6-9 p.m. on Thursday, October 25
Peter Jones Gallery
1806 W. Cuyler St.
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 472-6725

9 p.m.-midnight on Thursday, October 25
The Velvet Lounge
67 E. Cermak Ave.
Chicago, IL
(312) 791-9050
admission: $10

7 p.m.-midnight on Friday, October 26:
2830 N. Milwaukee, 2nd Fl.
Chicago IL 60618
(773) 772-3616
$10 suggested donation, $8 for students

10-3 p.m. on Saturday, October 27:
Café Mestizo
1646 W. 18th St.
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 421-59201
admission: free

3-6 p.m. on Saturday, October 27:
3201 S. Halsted St.
(312) 846-6569

3-6 p.m. on Saturday, October 27:
Mess Hall
6932 North Glenwood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60626
(773) 465-4033
admission: free

The 2nd Annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival is being organized by the Borderbend Arts Collective. Borderbend’s mission is to promote the arts, create opportunities for artists to explore new directions in and between art forms, and engage the community. Chicago Calling is part of Chicago Artists Month, the twelfth annual celebration of Chicago’s vibrant visual art community. In October, more than 200 exhibitions of emerging and established artists, openings, demonstrations, tours, open studios and neighborhood art walks take place at galleries, cultural centers and arts buildings throughout the city. For more information, call 312/744-6630 or visit Chicago Artists Month is coordinated by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and is sponsored by the Chicago Office of Tourism with additional support from 3Arts.

For more information about Chicago Calling, please visit or contact


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