Chicago Calling

The Third Annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival (CCAF3) takes place October 1-12, 2008, featuring Chicago-based artists collaborating in performances and projects with artists living in other locations — both here in the U.S. and abroad. These collaborations will be prepared or improvised, and some performances will involve live feeds between Chicago and elsewhere.

Among the scheduled projects are: a Chicago-based musician/composer collaborating with a composer from the Philippines, and a Chicago-based musician collaborating with a British visual artist. Venues for CCAF3 include Elastic Sound & Vision Gallery, The Velvet Lounge, Black Rock Pub & Kitchen, Heaven Gallery, Little Black Pearl Art & Design Center, WNUR (Northwestern University), Peter Jones Gallery, 32nd&Urban Gallery, AV-aerie, Café Mestizo, and other locations.


Artists involved with CCAF3 work in a wide range of media, including music, painting, video, poetry, dance, and other art forms. CCAF3's participants will include Lisa Abbatomarco, Tom Abbs, Josh Abrams, Jeff Albert, Jesse Alexander, Fred Anderson, Geejay Arriola, Ian Ash, Chris Avgerin, Dave Awl, George Bailey, Regina Baiocchi, Renée Baker, Steve Barsotti, John Beer, Ben Billington, Jeb Bishop, Chuck Bontrager, David Boykin, Brianna, Alpha Bruton, Jerome Bryerton, Orin Buck, Elizabeth Louise Burch, Julie Caffey, Rob Cambre, Dave Cappello, Vittorio Carli, Alice Hui-Sheng Chang, Chicago Phonography, Insook Choi, Chad Clark, Clean Boys, Barry Cole, Boo Cook, Stephen Crall, Eric Cressley, Noé Cuéllar, Tim Daisy, Leonard de Montbrun, Steve Dalachinsky, Tomás Diaz, Christian Dillingham, Eric Elshtain, Robert Klein Engler, Michael Erzen, Karl A. D. Evangelista, Sally Evans, Marcus Evans, Douglas Ewart, James Falzone, Gregory Frazer, Ray Garman, Carol Genetti, Rachel Thorne Germond, Paul Giallorenzo, Dan Godston, Jon Godston, Judith Goldman, Matthew Golombisky, Elizabeth Harper, Akiko Hatakeyama, Annie Heckman, Kelly Heldt, Jeffrey Helgeson, Christopher Hemann, Caryl Henry Alexander, Alan Emerson Hicks, Kenneth Hillard, Anni Holm, Jason Hoopes, David Harrison Horton, Hamadal Issoufou, Fred Jackson, Rachel Javellana, Jaymee, Edward "Kidd" Jordan, Allan Johnston, Wayne Allen Jones, Aaron Kahn, John Kannenberg, Jennifer Karmin, Kevin Kilroy, Donna Kiser, Dale Konstanz, J. C. Kuhl, Quraysh Ali Lansana, Eric Leonardson, Amanda Lichtenstein, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Debra Lottman, Bill MacKay, Joshua Manchester, Rona Mark, Elizabeth Marino, Dave Marsalek, Jeff Marx, Steve Maxwell Jr., Curtis McKinney, Adam Meora, Rachel Michaels, Mike, Jayve Montgomery, Ira Murfin, Shelley Nation, Bruce Nelson, Charlie Newman, Lindsay Obermeyer, Erin Obradovich, Mayi Ojusua, Donna Pecore, Irene Pérez, Divik Ramesh, Bob Rashkow, Mike Reed, Matthias Regan, Dave Rempis, Eric Glick Rieman, Joe Roarty, Ed Roberson, Dennis Sagel, Larry Sawyer, Seattle Phonographers Union, Karl E. H. Seigfried, Fluffy Singler, Christopher Skebo, Mark Smithivas, Michael Springate, Stagebridge, Staajabu, Laura Evonne Steinman, Lamont B. Steptoe, Katherine Stubbins, Craig Taborn, Hanah Jon Taylor, Susan Taylor, Erin Teegarden, Jamie Topper, Suree Towfighnia, $2 Cockroach, Shoshanna Utchenik, Duane Vorhees, Alex Vittum, Joel Wanek, Ann Ward, Della Watson, Stan West, Matt Weston, Glenn Weyant, Williwaw, Alex Wing, Jodee Winship, Paul Wood, The World Listening Project, Dave X, Sid Yiddish, David Young, Saalik Ziyad, Taalib-Din Ziyad, and others.


CCAF3 is being organized by the Borderbend Arts Collective, a not for profit organization. Borderbend’s 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. CCAF3 is sponsored by Poets & Writers, ESP-Disk’, and WNUR, and CCAF3 is partnered with The Chicago Independent Radio Project.

Chicago Artists Month

Chicago Calling is part of Chicago Artists Month, the thirteenth 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 You can also call Daniel at 312.543.7027.


View the websites for : The 1st Annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival, The 2nd Annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival.

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3rd Annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival: Performance Schedule

Schedule in PDF format

Wednesday, October 1 2008 — 8:00PM

Reconstruction Room / Black Rock Pub & Kitchen
3614 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

Erin Teegarden (poetry), collaborating with Della Watson (poetry) & Eric Cressley (poetry)

Eric Elshtain (poetry) & Gregory Fraser (poetry)

Quraysh Ali Lansana (poetry) & Shanta (storytelling)

Matthias Regan (poetry)

Dan Godston (poetry), collaborating with Divik Ramesh (poetry) & Ray Garman (poetry)

poets performing at Robin's Bookstore: Adam Meora, Ray Garman, & Lamont B. Steptoe

This event features live connections with the Hyde Park Art Center ( and Robin's Bookstore (108 South 13th Street, Philadelphia PA, 19107, 215-735-9600, This event was funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from an anonymous donor. There is a "pass the hat" suggested donation.

Thursday, October 2 2008 — 7:00PM

Northwestern University
Evanston, IL 60201
$5 suggested donation, to be an audience member at WNUR

performers at WNUR:
Renée Baker — violin and conducting
Taalib-Din Ziyad — vocals
Saalik Ziyad — vocals
Fred Jackson — saxophone
Joshua Manchester — drums
Dan Godston — trumpet
Ritwik Banerji — saxophone
Alex Wing — upright bass

performers at Mills College:
Christopher M. Skebo — trumpet
Karl A. D. Evangelista — electric guitar
David Harrison Horton — poetry
Jason Hoopes — upright bass
Akiko Hatakeyama — flute
Tomás Diaz — electric guitar
Curtis McKinney — upright bass
Chris Brown — live computer processing of the instruments
Alex Vittum — drum set
Jordan Glenn — percussion

performers in Richmond, VA:
JC Kuhl — saxophone
Brian Jones — drums

This event features live audio connections between WNUR and Mills College (Oakland, CA) and Richmond, Virginia. The connection with Mills College begins at 9 p.m. Central Time Zone / 7 p.m. Pacific Time Zone. Tonight's performance will be broadcast live, on WNUR at 89.3 FM, and streaming live at

Friday, October 3 2008 — 5:00PM

Jennifer Karmin performs a version of "4000 WORDS 4000 DEAD." "4000 WORDS 4000 DEAD" is a public poem. Submissions are ongoing as the Iraq War continues and the number of dead grows. During this street performance, these words are given away to passing pedestrians. This event begins in front of the Vietnam War Memorial (at Wabash and Wacker Avenues, along the Chicago River). This event was funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from an anonymous donor.

Friday, October 3 2008 — 7:00PM

Elastic Sound & Vision Gallery
2830 N Milwaukee, 2nd Fl
Chicago, IL 60618
$10 suggested donation

The World Listening Project is introduced.

Chicago Phonography

Josh Abrams (upright bass) & Tom Abbs (upright bass) duo

Craig Taborn — piano
Josh Abrams — upright bass
Mike Reed — drums

Saturday, October 4 — 2 p.m.

Café Mestizo
1646 W. 18th St.
Chicago, IL 60608
Free and open to the public

Shelley Nation (poetry) & Juliet Cook (poetry)

Vittorio Carli (poetry), Carolyn Curtis Magri (visual art), & Brian Imag (dulcimer)

Stagebridge — comedy, storytelling & improv

Charlie Newman (poetry / Chicago), Steve Dalachinsky (poetry / New York City), & Stephen Crall (visual art / South Carolina)

Bob Rashkow (poetry) & Dale Konstanz (visual art)

Saturday, October 4 2008 — 6:00PM

Heaven Gallery
1550 N Milwaukee Ave, 2nd Fl
Chicago, IL
$10 suggested donation

"Post-Katrina Stories" — a film by Stan West

After "Post-Katrina Stories" is screened, Stan West (in Chicago) and Luther Gray (in New Orleans) will talk about the film.

Steve Barsotti / Eric Leonardson duo — improvisation with invented instruments & electronics

Hanah Jon Taylor (saxophones) & Tom Abbs (upright bass)

The Suite Unraveling, in collaboration with Chicago artists

Jeb Bishop — trombone
Craig Taborn — piano
Fred Lonberg-Holm — cello
Tim Daisy — drums

Sunday, October 5 2008 — 2:00PM

32nd&Urban Gallery
3201 S. Halsted

Kevin Kilroy (poetry) & Susan Taylor (visual art)

Jeffrey Helgeson — performing "Fall from Grace," a collaboration with Clayton Horath

Joe Roarty (poetry / Chicago) & Duane Vorhees (poetry / Seoul)

Robert Klein Engler (poetry / Chicago) & Sally Evans (poetry / Scotland)

Leonard de Montbrun (poetry / Chicago) & Don Coorough (poetry / Phoenix)

Ring Shout, a musical performance led by George Bailey

Monday, October 6 2008 — 9:00PM

Brown Rice
4432 N. Kedzie Ave., 1st floor
$5 suggested donation

This event features a live audio connection between performers at Brown Rice and performers at Zeitgeist (, a venue in New Orleans.

Performers at Brown Rice:
Jeff Marx — tenor saxophone
David Young — trumpet
Paul Giallorenzo — keyboards
Anton Hatwich — upright bass
Steve Maxwell Jr. — drums

Performers at Zeitgeist:
Edward "Kidd" Jordan — tenor saxophone
Rob Cambre — guitar
Dave Cappello — drums

Wednesday, October 8 2008 — 8:00PM

Peter Jones Gallery
1806 W Cuyler St
Chicago, IL 60613
$10 suggested donation

1st set
Glenn Weyant (invented instruments), Matt Weston (drums), Michael Erzen (artbot), & Eric Leonardson (springboard)

2nd set
Renée Baker Project 6
Katherine Stubbins — trombone
Chuck Bontrager — electric violin
Christian Dillingham — bass
Bruce Nelson — vibes & percussion
Chris Avgerin — drums
Renée Baker — violin & viola

This performance involves a collaboration with the composer Geejay Arriola.

3rd set
Eric Glick Rieman — prepared Rhodes electric piano
Jeff Albert — trombone
Dan Godston — trumpet
Joel Wanek — upright bass
Marcus Evans — drums

Thursday, October 9 2008 — 8:30PM

The Velvet Lounge
67 E Cermak Ave
Chicago, IL
$10 admission

1st set
Fred Anderson — tenor saxophone
Eric Glick Rieman — prepared Rhodes electric piano
Josh Abrams — upright bass
Tim Daisy — drums

2nd set
Ed Roberson — poetry
performing with musicians

3rd set
Fred Anderson, Eric Glick Rieman, Joshua Abrams, Tim Daisy

Friday, October 10 2008 — 9:30PM

Little Black Pearl Art and Design Center
1060 E 47th Street
Chicago, IL 60653
$5 suggested donation

Eric Glick Rieman — prepared Rhodes electric piano
Alan Emerson Hicks — temporal sculpture

2nd set:
featuring collaborations with Alpha Bruton (visual art), Staajabu (poetry), Caryl Henry-Alexander (visual art), Jesse Alexander (poetry), & Erin Obradovich (film)

3rd set:
Ann Ward — vocals
Douglas Ewart — saxophones, invented instruments, & percussion
Eric Glick Rieman — prepared Rhodes electric piano

Saturday, October 11 2008 — 4:00AM-8:00AM

This event features a live connection between WDBX (91.1 FM in Carbondale, IL, (, and WZRD (88.3 FM, Performers include Dave Marsalek (drums), Brendan Joyce (bass), Brett Richardson, Lydia Villa, Sounds Happy (a.k.a. DJ Demchuk), The Family Problem, and other TBA performers.

Saturday, October 11 2008 — 7:00PM

Heaven Gallery
1550 N Milwaukee Ave, 2nd Fl
Chicago, IL
$10 suggested donation

1st set:
Jeff Albert — trombone
Ian Ash — mallet controller
James Falzone — clarinet
Dan Godston — trumpet
Matthew Golombisky — upright bass

2nd set:
Hamadal Issoufou — guitar, gouroumi
Jamie Topper — percussion
Bill MacKay — guitar

3rd set:
Dave Rempis — saxophone
Jeff Albert — trombone

4th set:
Renée Baker — violin
David Boykin — saxophones
Eric Glick Rieman — prepared Rhodes electric piano

Sunday, October 12 2008 — 2:00PM

Mess Hall
6932 N Glenwood Ave
Chicago, IL 60626
(773) 465-4033
Free and open to the public

Elizabeth Marino (poetry / Chicago) & Eneida Martino (poetry / New York)

Irene Pérez, Anni Holm, & Lindsay Obermeyer — knitted "exquisite corpse" performance creation

Allan Johnston (poetry) & Orin Buck (visual art)

Paul Wood (poetry / Maui)

Matthias Regan (poetry) & Topher Hemann (poetry)

Elizabeth Harper (poetry / Chicago) & Fluffy Singler (poetry / Minneapolis)

Scott McFarland — poetry

Wayne Allen Jones (poetry) & Michael Springate (poetry)

Rachel Javellana (poetry / Chicago) & Nora Bonner (poetry / Thailand)

Debra Lottman (movement), Donna Kiser (poetry), Mayi Ojusua (visual art), & Kenneth Hillard (sculpture)

"The Muse of Poetry": a presentation by Amanda Lichtenstein (Chicago) & Shoshanna Utchenik (Slovenia)

Donna Pecore — poetry

Ira Murfin (poetry / Chicago) & Aaron Kahn (poetry / Paris)

Eric Elshtain (poetry) & Gregory Fraser (poetry)

John Beer (poetry) & Judith Goldman (poetry)

This event is funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from an anonymous donor.

Sunday, October 12 2008 — 7:00PM

2000 W Fulton, #310
Chicago IL 60612
$10 suggested donation

a collaborative performance project with Lisa Abbatomarco (Chicago) & Laura Evonne Steinman, Brianna, David, Mike Jaymee, & Nick (Weston, MA)

Dave Awl (poetry)

Ditch Pigs

Na Zhom Bwha (Look at Me!) — composition for solo vocal / movement performer a collaboration between Chicago choreographer / dancer Rachel Thorne Germond & New York City based composer Insook Choi

music, film & poetry: Williwaw (amplified ukulele), Rona Mark (video), Annie Heckman (video), Regina Baiocchi (poetry), Jon Godston (soprano saxophone), Elizabeth Louise Burch (video), Suree Towfighnia (video), Ben Billington (drums), Nia Freshman (video), Jerome Bryerton (percussion), & Jon Satrom (video)

Carol Genetti (voice) & Alice Hui-Sheng Chang (voice)

$2 Cockroach featuring Sid Yiddish (Chicago), collaborating with Clean Boys (Denmark)

3rd Annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival: Projects

Calling Chicago

This project involves the Chicago phone number 773-596-9612. Anyone in the country or world can simply call this number and leave their thoughts on this number. Contributions from the ether will be recorded and saved as MP3 audio files which will be posted to a festival-related webpage, which visitors can click to listen to. Mark Smithivas will curate audio contributions throughout the festival, and those contributions be remixed with other audio content as appropriate.

For more information about Chicago Calling, please email

You can purchase tickets for individual events by going to

You can support the entire Chicago Calling Arts Festival by ordering the Unlimited Chicago Calling Card! Ordering is secure, through Google checkout. If you purchase a UCCC, your name will be added to the guest list for all the CCAF08 events.