Chicago Calling

Chicago Calling is a multi-arts collaboration festival. During the Fifth Annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival, people in Chicago work with people outside of Chicago — both here in the U.S. and abroad. These collaborations include a range of art forms, such as music, dance, film, literature, and intermedia — and they are prepared or improvised. Some Chicago Calling events involve live feeds between Chicago and other locations. 2010 Chicago Calling events include “Bicycles and the Arts” at Happy Dog Gallery, “Translations 2010” at the Reconstruction Room, “Seda Röder / Burton Greene - Harrison Bankhead Duo Concert” at Curtiss Hall in the Fine Arts Building, “Temperatures and Shapes / Arctic Live” at Elastic Sound & Vision Gallery, “I Remember Fred” at the Velvet Lounge, “Chicago Calling, Waiting for the Bus” at Café Ballou, “Aural Architecture” at WNUR, “Two Way Tarot Mirrors” at Myopic Books, “Facets of Southeast Asia” at the Zhou B. Art Center, “Chicago Equinix” at Soapbox Music, “The City as Studio / Curatorial Practice” at the Phantom Gallery Chicago Network Office, and “My Favorite Banned Books Abecedarian Read-Out” at the Logan Square Library.

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Previous Festivals

The 1st Annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival
The 2nd Annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival
The 3rd Annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival
The 4th Annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival

Bicycles and the Arts

Friday, October 1, 2010 (8 p.m.)

Happy Dog Gallery
1542 N. Milwaukee Ave., 2nd floor
Chicago, IL 60622
phone: (312) 380-9223

admission: $7 suggested donation

You are invited to attend “Bicycles and the Arts,” a multidisciplinary event that creatively explores connections between these two vital elements of culture and society —

“Bicycles and the Arts” involves partnerships with the Active Transportation Alliance, Copenhagen Cyclery, Working Bikes Cooperative, and the League of Illinois Bicyclists. We would also like to thank Lulu B. for providing beverages, and the Copenhagen Center for Traffic for their help.

My Favorite Banned Books Abecedarian Read-Out

Saturday, October 2, 2010 (1-5 p.m.)

Logan Square Library
3000 W. Fullerton Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
phone: (312) 744-5295

admission: free and open to the public

You are invited to attend “My Favorite Banned Books Abecedarian Read-Out,” which happens in celebration of the 2010 Banned Books Week. We begin with A and end with Z: participants start by reading excerpts from books whose titles / authors whose names begin with the letter A (such as As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner) and end with the letter Z (such as Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston). The Abecedarian was chosen as a way of structuring this event to highlight the fact that banned and challenged books exist throughout the alphabet — across the spectrum of creative expression and cultural life.

Participants read excerpts from literary works by great writers, such as Kate Chopin, Kurt Vonnegut, Zora Neale Hurston, Charles Baudelaire, Margaret Mitchell, Joseph Heller, Nazim Hikmet, Madeleine L. Engle, J. D. Salinger, James Joyce, Jiří Kolář, Arthur Rimbaud, Dr. Seuss, Salman Rushdie, James Baldwin, Allen Ginsberg, Maya Angelou, Ernest Hemingway, Walt Whitman, Harper Lee, Vladimir Nabokov, Jack Kerouac, Amiri Baraka, Henry Miller, Ken Kesey, Sylvia Plath, Ko Un, J.R.R. Tolkien, and other writers. My Favorite Banned Books Abecedarian Read-Out’s participants include Regina Baiocchi, Sirenna Blas, Vittorio Carli, Dan Cleary, Dan Godston, Elizabeth Harper, Jeff Helgeson, Gary Henry, Wayne Allen Jones, Melissa Kagerer, Katrina Kemble, Donna Kiser, Casey Laarkamp-Tobel, Robert Lawrence, Elizabeth Marino, Shelley Nation-Watson, Charlie Newman, Donna Pecore, Bob Rashkow, Jacob Saenz, Jonn Salovaara, Cathleen Schandelmeier-Bartels, Whitney Scott, Arlene Walters, and Judith Wiker.

Two Way Tarot Mirrors

Saturday, October 2, 2010 (7 p.m.)

Myopic Books
1564 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
phone: (773) 862-4882

admission: free and open to the public

The Myopic Books Poetry Series presents Two Way Tarot Mirrors, a collaborative arts project. A mirror can seem to be flat, yet it can become three-dimensional and can lead to dream worlds. Unlike one’s reflection in a regular mirror, the playback/feedback in Two Way Tarot Mirrors isn’t an exact reflection of the original thing that’s sent. As Alice enters the looking glass, she finds that what’s on the other side is something different than she had expected; similarly, the two-sided mirror brings about something different and unexpected. Mirror games don.t end up with perfect parallels — i.e. Harpo and Groucho’s mirror game in Duck Soup.

Temperatures and Shapes :: Arctic Live/Chicago

Sunday, October 3, 2010 (7 p.m.)

Elastic Sound & Vision Gallery
2830 N. Milwaukee Ave., 2nd floor
Chicago, IL 60647
phone: (773) 772-3616

admission: $10, $7 for students

You are invited to attend “Temperatures and Shapes :: Arctic Live/Chicago,” an event that creatively explores the themes of temperatures and shapes — such as ice, mountains, climate change, bodies of water, the shape of things to come — and Arctic Live, which also celebrates the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. This event includes performances, video presentations, soundscape, and 2D and 3D artworks:

Chicago Calling, Waiting 4 the Bus

Monday, October 4, 2010 (7 p.m.)

Café Ballou
939 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 342-2909

admission: free and open to the public

“Chicago Calling, Waiting 4 the Bus,” a Chicago Calling event, happens as part of the Waiting 4 the Bus series. Participants include:

Translating 2010

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 (8 p.m.)

The Reconstruction Room at the Black Rock Bar
3614 N. Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 348-4044

admission: free and open to the public, donations accepted

The Reconstruction Room presents Translating 2010, which explores the theme of “translations” in its wide range of permutations and possibilities: translating matter into energy, poetry into prose, time into memories, the present into the past and the future into the present, sound into words and the page into the air, promises into reality / ideals into facts, pencils into sketches into sculptures, DOS into HTML, 1999 into 2012 into The Long Now, frames into motion, and clouds into rain and water into ice.

Participants and projects to include:

We would like to thank Alliance Française de Chicago and Istituto Italiano di Cultura for their donations.

Aural Architecture

Thursday, October 7, 2010 (7:30 p.m.)

WNUR (89.3 FM)
1877 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
(847) 866-9687

$5 suggested donation for those attending the event, and this can be heard at 89.3FM and on

You are invited to attend “Aural Architecture,” which explores sonic properties of buildings and how natural soundscapes relate to the built environment, and it includes musicians interacting with buildings’ sounds. A sculptor presents a sculpture that pertains to this theme, and musicians in remote locations perform together telematically via Skype, with contributions of audio recordings from inside and around buildings —

The Engineers at WNUR during the event are Mike Corsa, Victor Rodriguez, and Aaron Quick, and the Assistant Engineers are Kara Goldsmith and Jenna Powell-Malloy. The recording from the event is streaming at, and it can be downloaded from

I Remember Fred

Friday, October 8, 2010 (9:30 p.m.)

Velvet Lounge
67 E. Cermak Rd.
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 791-9050

admission: $15

“I Remember Fred” is a concert that celebrates the life and work of the great tenor saxophonist Fred Anderson, who passed away earlier this year. This concert takes place at the legendary Velvet Lounge, which has been an important venue for creative music in Chicago over the years. The Velvet Lounge, under Fred Anderson’s guidance, has provided countless opportunities for new and established artists to develop their music and present their ideas and creative expressions to receptive audiences.

1st set: Paul Hartsaw (tenor and soprano saxophones), Jim Baker (keyboards and ARP), Brian Sandstrom (bass), and Damon Short (drums)

2nd set: Douglas Ewart (bamboo flutes, sopranino saxophone, glass didjeridu, and percussion), Mankwe Ndosi (vocals), Alpha Bruton (painting), and Jim Baker (keyboards and ARP)

The City as Studio / Curatorial Practice in Four U.S. Cities

Saturday, October 9, 2010 (11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.)

Logan Square Small Arts and Business Incubator
Phantom Gallery Chicago Network Office
2823 N. Milwaukee, 2nd floor
Chicago IL 60618

admission: free and open to the public

Seda Röder / Burton Greene - Harrison Bankhead duo

Saturday, October 9, 2010 (7:00 p.m.)

Curtiss Hall
Fine Arts Building
410 South Michigan Ave., 10th floor
Chicago IL 60605
(312) 291-0000,

admission: $20, $10 for students

Seda Röder performs music of her native country with Listening to Istanbul: An Encounter with Turkish Contemporary Music. Eclectic composer/pianist Burton Greene (piano) and Harrison Bankhead (upright bass) perform a set of some of Burton’s latest music combined with open improvisations. This is the first concert in the Experimental Piano Series. third season; EPS is organized by the Chicago Composers Forum and the Borderbend Arts Collective, in partnership with PianoForte.

Facets of Southeast Asia

Sunday, October 10, 2010 (7 p.m.)

In Your Space, 3rd floor
Zhou B. Art Center
1029 W. 35th St.
Chicago, IL 60609
(773) 523-0200

admission: free and open to the public

You are invited to attend “Facets of Southeast Asia,” a multidisciplinary event that creatively explores dimensions of this dynamic and culturally vibrant region of the world. Participants include:

Chicago Equinix

Sunday, October 10, 2010 (9 p.m.)

Soapbox Music
1612 N. Sawyer Ave.
Chicago, IL 60624
(773) 800-0729

admission: free and open to the public

You are invited to attend “Chicago Equinix,” when 60 Hz audio noise will travel 792 miles. New York based artist Eric Laska will create and send the sound of a 60 Hz ground hum from his New York studio to Chicago, a distance of roughly 792 miles. The 60 Hz hum is an instantly familiar sound to musicians and to almost anyone that has dealt with audio electronics in the past 100 years. While often being an annoying and frustrating sound for many, it has rarely been explored as a sound worthy of merit. Eric Laska seeks to elevate the self-esteem of this "noise" by sending it on a journey from New York to Chicago, and taking the time to ensure proper equalization and spatialization of the sound so the listener can experience the fullness and richness of what most people immediately try to eliminate or ignore. Deep listeners take note: digital artifacts, warm tubes, local interference, phase accidents. A global take on a profoundly local phenomenon.

Eric Laska is a New York based artist working in the realms of sound and digital media. He is co-founder of the electroacoustic rar record label with Reed Rosenberg as well as a mainstay of the internet collective Double Happiness. He has engineering credits for The Depreciation Guild album In Her Gentle Jaws.

Soapbox Music is an arts incubator for independent musicians in Chicago, operated by musicians Farsheed Hamidi-Toosi and Brendan Finucane. They provide affordable rehearsal and recording facilities, regular workshops, events, and residency opportunities for independent musicians in the Chicago area.

Chicago Calling is organized by the Borderbend Arts Collective, a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to promote the arts, to create opportunities for artists to explore new directions in and between art forms, and to engage the community. Annual Borderbend projects include Chicago Calling and the Mingus Awareness Project. Other organizations partner with Borderbend to enrich and extend the reach of its project, such as the Experimental Piano Series, which is co-produced by the Chicago Composers Forum and Borderbend, in partnership with the PianoForte Foundation.



Donations are greatly appreciated — they help to support the Borderbend Arts Collective”s programs. Borderbend is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization, and donations are tax deductible.

Throughout October, you are invited to meet hundreds of Chicago visual artists at exhibitions, workshops, open studios, tours, neighborhood art walks and more in venues across the city. Presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs in collaboration with more than 200 program partners, Chicago Artists Month aims to showcase the extraordinary talent and vibrancy of Chicago’s art community.

This year’s theme, “The City as Studio,” explores the impact of the urban environment on Chicago artists and their work, and the contributions that artists make to the vitality of our city. The place where art is imagined and made, whether in a physical or virtual space, affects the idea, the process and the final product. And the art, once created, leaves a mark on the place it occupies. Chicago Artists Month 2010 looks at how the city influences art and artists, and how artists transform the city by contributing to civic dialogue and quality of life.


Chicago Artists Month 2010