Chicago Calling

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 visual artist from Virginia, a Chicago-based ensemble will be collaborating with a musician from 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 Lance Adams, Christopher Alexander, Rheim Alkadhi, Karla Amour, Alpha Bruton, Jerome Bryerton, Orin Buck, Vittorio Carli, Asimina Chremos, Craig Christie, Janina Ciezadlo, Larry O. Dean, Leonard De Montbrun, Maria De Vecchi, Julie Downey, Jeff Elder, Eric Elshtain, Bela Emerson, Douglas Ewart, David A. Geary, Jean Giroux, Daniel Godston, Jon Godston, Guillermo Gregorio, Camille Guthrie, Ted Hardin, Elizabeth Harper, Paul Hartsaw, Paige Haxton, Marian Hayes, Alan Emerson Hicks, Lott Hill, Zan Hoffman, Clayton Horath, David Harrison Horton, Clifton Hyde, Hamadal Issoufou, Zane Ivy, Susen James, A.D. Jameson, Lisa Kaftori, Jennifer Karmin, Maggie Kast, Donna Kiser, Eric Leonardson, Francois le Roux, Jesse Levine, Toni Asante Lightfoot, Bill MacKay, Elizabeth Marino, Stefanie Marlis, Ryan "Shmedly" Maynes, Jayve Montgomery, Robin Morrissey, Sally Nash, Shelley Nation, Mike Nelson, Charlie Newman, Carol Ng, Zimbabwe Nkenya, Donna Pecore, Rob Pleshar, Chelcie C. Porter, Divik Ramesh, Matthias Regan, Timothy David Rey, Ed Roberson, Jon Steinhorst, Tushar Samant, Cathleen Schandelmeier, Jeremy Seligson, Joris Soeding, Chuck Stebelton, Gary Sykes, Yuriy Tarnawsky, Sara Thompson, Basia Toczydlowska, Michelle Tupko, Duane Vorhees, Joel Wanek, Michael C. Watson, Christopher Welch, Stan West, Mars Williams, and others.

Performances and presentations will occur in the following venues: 32nd&Urban, Café Mestizo, Chicago Temple, Elastic, Jean Dubuffet's sculpture Monument with Standing Beast, Mess Hall, Northwestern University, Peter Jones Gallery, The Velvet Lounge, WNUR, and other venues.

The 2nd Annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival is being organized by the Borderbend Arts Collective, a nonprofit organization. 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. The 2nd Annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival is sponsored by WNUR, and it is partially funded by grants from Poets & Writers (from an anonymous donor), and from the Illinois Arts Council.

For more information about Chicago Calling, please visit or contact You can also call Daniel at 312.543.7027.


View the website for the 1st Annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival.


Poets and Writers WNUR Chicago Artists Month


Updates about more festival participants will be coming soon.


2nd Annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival: Performance Schedule

Wednesday, October 24 2007 — 11:30AM - 1:00PM

Northwestern University
Evanston, IL 60201

WNUR is a non-commercial, listener-supported radio station broadcasting at a frequency of 89.3 MHz FM at a power of 7200 watts. The WNUR studios are located on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston, IL and the station produces a signal, which can be heard by nearly 3 million potential listeners throughout Chicagoland. WNUR also streams on the internet via the website to listeners all around the world.

Wednesday, October 24 2007 — 7:30PM

The Lab : Room 105 in Louis Hall
Northwestern University
1877 Campus Dr
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 866-9687
$5 suggested donation

During Chicago Calling 2006, Christopher Sorg helped us out with the technical end of things—when an Internet 2 performance event happened at Loyola University. Christopher passed away earlier this year. Elizabeth Coffman, who used to work with Christopher at Loyola University Chicago, will say a few words about him and the work he did. We will have a moment of silence, in memory of Christopher.

Artists at Northwestern University:

Groups of varying sizes (duos to large ensemble) are performing during this event. This event is being broadcast live on WNUR (89.3 FM,

Thanks to WNUR, Michael Corsa and Michael Szajewski at Northwestern University for helping to make this event possible.

Thursday, October 25 2007 — 9:00AM - 10:00AM

Ferguson Theater
Columbia College
600 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605


Löwensternweg 5
Darmstadt, Germany
(4:00PM - 5:00PM local time in Darmstadt)

a winter night's dream

Compassionate Action Enterprises is creating "a winter night's dream," a collaborative interaction with New Millennium Studies students at Columbia College Chicago. The project is an extension of "jasmine in winter," commissioned by Vogelfrei 7, Darmstadt, Germany.

Thursday, October 25 2007 — 6:00PM - 9:00PM

Peter Jones Gallery
1806 W Cuyler St
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 472-6725
$10 suggested donation

Thursday, October 25 2007 — 9:00PM - Midnight

The Velvet Lounge
67 E Cermak Ave
Chicago, IL
(312) 791-9050
$10 admission

Alpha Bruton will be painting during tonight's performance.

Friday, October 26 2007 — 5:00PM Onwards

Part 1
Monument with Standing Beast
in front of the James R Thompson Center
100 W Randolph St
Chicago IL 60601

Part 2
at the Clark/Lake train station

"Art is a language,
instrument of knowledge,
instrument of expression."

-- Jean Dubuffet, Anticultural Positions
lecture given at the Arts Club of Chicago 12/20/51

Jennifer Karmin is collecting writing that plays with the idea of the BEAST. This writing may take any shape or form: poem, story, essay, letter, etc. All writing will be used to create a BEAST POEM.

On October 26th at 5pm, Jennifer will perform BEAST POEM at Jean Dubuffet's sculpture Monument with Standing Beast. This public artwork is located in front of the James R. Thompson Center in downtown Chicago. After reading the writing aloud, each piece will be given away to commuters on the trains that run next to the building in the Clark/Lake station.

Friday, October 26 2007 — 7:00PM - Midnight

2830 N Milwaukee, 2nd Fl
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 772-3616
$10 suggested donation, $8 for students

Saturday, October 27 2007 — 10:00AM - 3:00PM

Café Mestizo
1646 W 18th St
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 421-5920

Saturday, October 27 2007 — 3:00PM - 7:00PM

3201 S Halsted St
(312) 846-6569
Admission: Free

Saturday, October 27 2007 — 3:00PM - 6:00PM

Mess Hall
6932 N Glenwood Ave
Chicago, IL 60626
(773) 465-4033
Admission: Free

Saturday, October 27 2007 — 8:00PM

The Chicago Temple
77 W Washington St
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 236-4548
$5 suggested donation

For more information about Chicago Calling, please email or call 312.543.7027.